After its specific sunset date, a substance listed in Annex XIV of the European chemicals regulation REACH can only be used, if for its specific uses an authorisation has been granted by the European Commission. According to REACH Art. 60 (4), an application for authorisation can only be granted if the applicant demonstrates that the risks arising from the use are properly controlled. Otherwise he has to prove, that the socio-economic benefits from the use of the substance outweigh the risks and that no suitable alternative substances or technologies are available. A granted authorisation is linked to specific conditions of use and is time-limited. The ECHA Guidance on preparation of a SEA contains a comprehensive description of the methods and checklists to be used. In the scope of this project, experiences from previous decisions on authorisation or restriction of chemicals and other studies will be evaluated. Furthermore it will be investigated, if a systematic pattern for conduction the socio-economic analysis can be identified, that may be used for a user-friendly practical aid for SME by the REACH helpdesks.
Unit 4.6 "Hazardous Substances Management"