On 30th June 2022, the various organisations involved published their rationale for prioritising substances within the UK REACH programme 2022-2023. This document is here.
Priorities are established for 2 types of activity in UK REACH:
• Restriction – a mechanism that can lead to controls on the use of a substance or group of substances
• Regulatory Management Options Analysis (RMOA) – analysis produced by HSE and/or the Environment Agency to understand the risks of using a substance, or group of substances, and make recommendations for managing them.
The following are 5 priorities –
1 Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – acting on the recommendations of an ongoing RMOA, due for publication in summer 2022
2 Intentionally added microplastics – an evidence project on identifying and managing the risks they pose
3 Formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers in articles – an RMOA to review the evidence base and evaluate a potential restriction
4 Bisphenols in thermal paper – an RMOA to review the evidence base and evaluate a potential restriction
5 Hazardous flame retardants – reviewing and updating the existing evidence on potential environmental risks, to feed into wider chemicals policy.
In addition, the HSE is running a number of calls for evidence in relation to additions to the Annex 14 (UK Authorisation List). Addition to the List means prior authorisation is needed to use, or place on the market, the relevant substance, after the specified sunset date.
Note – the DEFRA Secretary of State, together with Welsh and Scottish Ministers will need to authorise any decision.
The HSE link is here.