Well, yes, say the German authorities. They believe that consumer protection can be strengthened by applying the same rules on imported products containing substances of very high concern (SVHCs) as those produced and placed on the market within the EU.
Such changes would present a significant challenge to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in terms of the legal situation, and to produce appropriate regulation, but would allow for a levelling of the playing field, and removing unfair advantages to importers who can get away with not fully complying with REACH.
Such a move would require more testing for SVHCs in articles, to check that labelling claims are correct, and this would obviously require enforcement laboratories to have a suite of validated, accredited measurement methods available for the range of SVHCs which could be encountered.
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