Authorisation, restriction and socio-economic analysis

One of the reasons for which REACH was established is to protect human health and the environment from Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC).

If a substance is classified as SVHC and is placed on the list of substances restricted under REACH, it may no longer be used after the specified deadline, unless the company has official authorisation. If the use of the substance in question has a considerable impact on the business success of a company, there is always the option of applying to ECHA for marketing authorisation. The authorisation procedure can be initiated by the manufacturers, importers, Only Representatives (ORs) and downstream users.

The authorisation is a complex process requiring the submission of the following:

  • Chemical Safety Report (CSR)
  • Analysis of substitution options (Assessment of Alternatives)
  • Substitution programme, including timeline (Substitution Plan)
  • Socio-Economic Analysis (in accordance with REACH Annex XVI)
  • Statement on the risks of emission and waste products

We review whether your substance fulfils the SVHC criteria. If an authorisation or restriction procedure is necessary, we ensure correct elaboration of all the application’s components. Our team offers a safe pair of hands to guide you through the entire procedure!

Socio-Economic Analysis

A Socio-Economic Analysis (SEA) weighs up the risks to the environment and health posed by a dangerous substance, as well as the associated economic benefits. In order to obtain a REACH authorisation, a company must demonstrate that the economic benefits outweigh the risks.

A comprehensive SEA includes the following:

  • Identification of the effects on the environment, health and the economy
  • Evaluation of the identified effects
  • Comparison of the identified effects

We compile Socio-Economic Analyses for you in accordance with ECHA specifications and review whether any existing SEAs meet those requirements.

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