Between February and April 2018 support was provided to the Ministry of Environmental Protection in developing Guidelines on registration requirements prescribed under the REACH Regulation, which aims to improve the protection of human health and environment in view of the risks chemicals can pose.
Draft Guidelines, developed by the PLAC II Project expert Jovan Rajic contain information about main steps of the registration procedure, and facilitate the understanding by SMEs in chemical industry of their obligations once Serbia becomes an EU Member State.
REACH Regulation applies to all chemical substances and has impact on a wide range of companies across many sectors. It is estimated that Serbian chemical industry includes around 1,700 legal entities, mostly SMEs and micro-enterprises. To comply with REACH, companies must identify and manage the risks linked to the chemical substances they manufacture and market in the EU, and demonstrate how the substance can be safely used. Draft Guidelines represent an important achievement, aimed at informing at an early stage and raising awareness by SMEs in the chemical industry about their obligations under REACH.