Bearing in mind the great importance of Swiss exports into the EU territory and with the principal aim of supporting SMEs regarding questions about REACH, the Federal Council has decided to establish the REACH helpdesk at the notification authority for Chemicals.
REACH help-desk for Swiss Companies
- The federal authorities are actively monitoring the implementation of the REACH Regulation ("Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals") in the European Union (EU). They appreciate that this Regulation poses a considerable challenge to Swiss exporters and take seriously the reported problems.
- In order to be able to market in the EU, Swiss companies have to register, through their importers or through an only representative in the EU, substances subject to REACH as of 1 tonne per year and per manufacturer or importer with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
- Manufacturers of articles (products) must find out whether products that are delivered into the EEA comprise prohibited substances (Annex XVII REACH) or substances of very high concern on the "Candidate list for substances subject to authorisation"; they are well advised to ensure that their clients in the EEA States comply with the corresponding regulations.
- In October 2008, with the principal aim of supporting SMEs in regard to questions about REACH, the Federal Council instructed the administration to set up a REACH help-desk. Bearing in mind the great importance of Swiss exports into the EU territory, the Federal Council decided on 25.05.2011 to establish the help-desk definitively and for an indefinite period at the Registration Office for Chemicals.
Last modification 04.06.2019