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EDA study on REACH and CLP impact on defence

What impact the EU’s regulations on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and on the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of chemical substances and mixtures (CLP) have had on the European defence sector since they entered into force in 2007 and 2009 respectively?

To find out, the European Defence Agency (EDA) has commissioned REACHLaw Ltd. ( to carry out a study the results of which should be available by November 2016. The study is directed to the entire spectrum of European defence stakeholders including, in particular, the defence industry from small and medium-sized to big multinational companies, at all levels of defence supply chain.  

The objectives of the study are threefold:

  • to carry out an impact analysis of REACH and CLP regulations on the EU defence sector;
  • based on the results of this analysis, to formulate practical proposals for the improvement of the REACH and CLP regulations and their current implementation regime. These proposals will then serve as a basis for the EDA and its participating Member States’ input into the European Commission’s upcoming REACH review process scheduled for 2017;    
  • to collect information about the impact, on the defence sector, of other EU chemical regulations (especially the BPR, POP and ODS regulations) in order to define a strategy and proposals for improvements in the future.

The overarching goal of the EDA’s study initiative is to come up with proposals to the European Commission, EU Member States, Ministries of Defence (MoDs) and the defence industry on how to make of REACH and CLP a win-win situation which would allow for both a high level of protection for health and environment and, at the same time, a strong, competitive and innovative European defence industry.

The contractor for the study has recently kicked off the consultation process through different means (questionnaires, interviews etc.) with all competent stakeholders, such as: Member States MoDs, European Commission, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Member States REACH Competent Authorities and, last but not least, defence Industry.

Defence industry stakeholders are especially invited to take part in the consultation, by downloading from the dedicated contractor’s webpage (link below), filling and returning the related questionnaire/survey and any attachments to, by Thursday, 30 June 2016 at the latest.

For additional information/clarifications, the contractor’s point of contact is Mr. Tim BECKER (e-mail:, phone: +358 40 773 8143), while the EDA point of contact is Costas TATAROGLOU (E-mail: costas.tataroglou@ or Tel: +32 2 504 2949).


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