Unit 5.5 Chemicals Law, Administration
The Chemicals Act (ChemG) names the Federal Office for Chemicals (BfC) at the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health as the competent authority for various areas of chemicals legislation. Unit 5.5 advises on legal problems arising in these areas.
Unit 5.5 supports the BfC in the enforcement of chemicals and biocides legislation, as well as further areas of chemicals legislation in Germany. This includes the following tasks:
- The unit participates in responding to legal enquiries and prepares legal opinions on contentious issues, particularly within the scope of the REACH-CLP-Biozid Helpdesk.
- The national surveillance authorities support the unit in direct correspondence and by participating in transnational working groups. The unit also provides several members for EU-wide networks (e.g. Forum and CLEEN) and acts as a representative of national interests in the area of chemicals and biocides.
- In addition, the unit acts as the Designated National Authority for the implementation of the PIC Procedure in accordance with the Rotterdam Convention, which deals with the export of hazardous chemicals.
- The unit supports the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) in the implementation of other European regulations in the area of chemicals legislation. For example, this includes the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants and the regulations on CFCs and greenhouse gases.
- The unit also acts as the registry of all procedures dealt with by Division 5. As part of this role, the unit is responsible for the use and development of the electronic process handling (DOMEA).