Implementation of REACH consumer rights on chemicals in products in Serbia and the Western Balkans (October 2018-October 2021)
The objective of the project is to enhance the substitution of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) in articles with safer alternatives by increasing market demand for SVHC-free articles and supporting industry actors to identify SVHCs in their products.
Project partner: Baltic Environmental Forum – Germany (BEF). Through the project Serbia is an external partner of the LIFE AskREACH project. The objectives of the project –in line with the objectives of the LIFE AskREACH project– are to:
• Raise consumer awareness of SVHCs in articles and enable consumers to make an informed choice between SVHC-free and SVHC-containing articles in order to protect their health and the environment.
• Provide consumers with an easy-to-use and quick tool (smartphone app) to request information about the presence of SVHCs in products in order to reduce the waiting period (currently up to 45 day) for the provision of information by suppliers.
• Raise awareness and compliance of suppliers regarding the presence of SVHCs in articles and communication obligations under REACH to foster better implementation of Art. 33 by industry.
During the project a database will be developed for suppliers to provide information about SVHCs in articles. A smartphone application (app) will provide public access to the information in the database. If the desired data are not yet available in the database, an information request will be automatically sent to the product supplier to request it.
The campaign will be replicated in other regional non-EU countries (Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Donor: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety through the Advisory Assistance Programme supervised by the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA).