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Chemicals (REACH)

With more than 20 years of experience, EU chemical law - compliance and litigation - is a core area of expertise. The Fieldfisher team provides a broad spectrum of chemicals-related advice, and have substantial experience in dealing with the most significant REACH implementation and compliance issues relevant for companies or for groups of companies (industry associations, task forces or consortia).

Notable highlights: 

  • We manage about 40 REACH consortia as financial trustee and legal secretary.
  • We prevailed in complex data sharing disputes against third parties, resulting in favorable ECHA decisions.
  • We represented German Galvanisation Industry association Vecco comprising 185 affiliates as well as Italian association Assogavanica comprising fifty members, in an appeal before the European Court of Justice concerning the inclusion of chromium trioxide in Annex XIV of REACH. This case is the first of its kind and raises critical aspects for the exemption of substances for Annex XIV and therefore will constitute a landmark judgment. Judgment is expected at the beginning of 2017 (Vecco, Case C-651/15 P).
  • We set up the REACH consortium for lime substances (approximately 300 members) and acted as trustee and legal secretary to a large consortium of chemical companies in relation to the REACH regulation (EU Lime Consortium).
  • We filed ground-breaking annulment actions before the European General Court against Commission Regulationsadopted under REACH (for clients such as PPG EEIG or the International Cadmium Association).


Brexit: New UK REACH Framework continues to take shape

From our EU Regulatory - Chemicals /Brexit team - May 2020

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