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The European Union REACH Regulation for Chemicals: Law and Practice (eBook)

Edited by: Lucas Bergkamp

ISBN13: 9780191634833
Published: October 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: eBook (ePub)
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This book discusses the law and practice of the European Union's new chemical regulatory programmes known under the acronym "REACH'. REACH is intended to ensure the safe management of risks associated with chemical substances throughout the supply chain. Its scope is very broad; subject to limited exceptions, REACH applies to all bulk chemicals used in industrial processes and to chemicals present in products such as cleaning products, paints, clothing, furniture, and electrical appliances. The newly established European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the Commission, and member state authorities are in charge of administering the various parts of the REACH Regulation, creating a complex patchwork of government powers, procedures, and oversight.

The volume is written by experienced REACH practitioners. It addresses both the key legal regulatory issues associated with REACH and the key management and practical challenges. In addition to analysing the scope, the processes, and the obligations of the industry under REACH, the book covers the strategy and management of REACH compliance from the perspective of the regulated entities. The focus is on the strategic and practical decisions facing companies subject to REACH's various regimes. Significant attention is paid to REACH consortia, which are a key instrument in compliance management, and to the competition law issues arising in connection with REACH consortia. It also covers legal remedies, enforcement, intellectual property rights, and civil liability for damages arising from chemical substances as well as how companies can shape their REACH compliance programme to reduce their liability exposure.

Subjects:
Environmental Law, Health and Safety, eBooks
Contents:
Foreword
Introduction

PART I: THE LAW OF REACH
1. Background and Structure of REACH
2. The Organizational and Administrative Structures
3. The Key Definitions and Scope
4. The REACH Programmes and Procedures

PART II: THE PRACTICE OF REACH
5. REACH and Strategic Decision-Making
6. REACH Consortia
7. Information Requirements and Data Sharing
8. Competition Law
9. Compliance and Supply Chain Management

PART III: LEGAL REMEDIES AND SANCTIONS
10. Dispute Resolution and Legal Remedies
11. Enforcement and Liability

PART IV: REACH AND THE WORLD
12. International Trade and Investment
13. REACH's Impact in the Rest of the World

PART V: EVALUATING REACH: AN INTERIM ASSESSMENT
14. Is REACH Achieving its Objectives?
15. How Could REACH be Improved?
16. Does REACH Present a Business Opportunity?
17. Conclusions