Chemicals Legislation European Enforcement Network

Under the auspices of CLEEN, chemical inspectors of the EU Member States and other European countries set priorities for joint enforcement projects aiming at facilitating the information exchange and the preparation of recommendations to the EU Commission.

CLEEN (Chemicals Legislation European Enforcement Network) is an informal network that coordinates and improves the enforcement of EU chemicals legislation. It is basically a forum for information exchange and it sets, in collaboration with the CLEEN members, priorities for enforcement projects in the EU. With the establishing of the Forum under REACH in 2008 the scope of CLEEN has been focused to the coordination of the chemical legislation beyond REACH and CLP.

As enforcement is the responsibility of the Member States, the co-operation of the national chemicals inspectorates in the European Economic Area is absolutely necessary in view of the rules of the single market and the EU-wide economy. The aim is to consolidate and intensify such co-operation so that compliance with chemical legislation can be improved for the protection of man and the environment. The program also stipulates that constructive contributions to improve the enforceability of the rules under the chemicals law should be made and that support should be given to Candidate Countries for their preparation of the enforcement of EU legislation. The central tasks of CLEEN however are the exchange of information between national enforcement authorities and the coordination of topical projects.

By way of a short summary, the aims of CLEEN are as follows:

  • Coordination and exchange of experience
  • Developing common enforcement tools
  • Improve awareness and understanding of the relevant legislation in all participating countries
  • Recommendations for the EC
  • Improved co-operation with Candidate Countries and Countries outside the EU

CLEEN is coordinated by a secretariat which rotates among its members, by common decision, every 3 years. In the period starting on 1 January 2013 the CLEEN secretariat is maintained by the Swiss Federal Office for Public Health together with the Swedish Chemicals Agency kemi.