Chemicals Management and Technology Assessment

The European REACH Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals is presenting new challenges to producers, importers and users of chemicals and preparations. We work closely with companies, public authorities and environmental and consumer associations to shape the implementation process in a manner doing justice to the realities on the ground, analysing difficulties and opportunities, producing recommendations for action and providing tools for implementation. This also involves evaluating the interfaces with other relevant EU directives, such as those on the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS), waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and energy-using products (EuP).

We promote the assessment of existing technologies and the development of new ones by initiating and coordinating cooperative arrangements among actors and by engaging in in-process research that focuses equally on environmental, economic and social aspects. We strive to identify opportunities and risks early on, and to provide comparative analysis and assessment vis-à-vis reference technologies. We advise policy-makers on the various options to amend or concretize the statutory framework.

Research priorities

REACH

Exposure scenarios

Chemicals assessment

Product-related hazardous substance inventories

Nanotechnology

White biotechnology

In-process support for technology development

Drafting and implementing EU directives – example “Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive” (RoHS)