Authorities and activities

Finding the right enforcing authority

The table below will help you find out which of the authorities you should report a concern with the GB Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation (GB REACH) to in Great Britain (GB).

If your concern relates to the EU Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation (EU REACH) in Northern Ireland – please visit the HSE NI website.

If the incident / concern involves... ...it should be reported to...
people
eg where use of a chemical poses risks to workers, consumers or other people, including uses outside the conditions of a restriction or without authorisation
either HSE - Reporting an incident or concern or your local authority, depending on the type of place involved -
see a full list of places and who has the enforcing responsibility
the environment
eg where use of a chemical poses risks to the environment, including uses outside the conditions of a restriction or without authorisation
Environment Agency in England
Telephone: 0800 80 70 60
Natural Resources Wales in Wales
Telephone: 0300 065 3000
Scottish Environment Protection Agency in Scotland
Telephone: 03000 99 66 99
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for offshore installations
Nuclear sites
Office for Nuclear Regulation
Rail networks Office of Rail and Road
Registration or evaluation
eg concern that a chemical does not have the necessary registration or evaluation
HSE - Reporting an incident or concern
trade-to-trade sale
eg wholesale supply, including issues concerning authorisation and restriction relevant to such supply
HSE - Reporting an incident or concern
retail sale
eg online and in physical stores, including issues concerning authorisation and restriction relevant to such supply
your local Trading Standards office

If you are still not sure which enforcing authority you should report to, don't worry! All enforcing authorities work together, so we will make sure your report gets to the right place.

Other ways the enforcing authorities work together include:

The enforcing authorities may also work with other authorities, including:

Enforcement Liaison Group (ELG)

The Enforcement Liaison Group (ELG) is a means of further strengthening co-operation and co-ordination between the enforcing authorities for GB REACH. It supports enforcement action through:

The ELG is made up of representatives from each of the GB REACH enforcing authorities, as well as a number of other authorities with an interest in the enforcement of GB REACH. It usually meets at least once per year to:

For agendas and minutes of meetings of the Enforcement Liaison Group since November 2008, please contact us at [email protected].

Enforcement laws

The responsibilities of the different enforcing authorities described in the table above come from general health and safety law working in combination with more specific enforcement law for GB REACH.

General health and safety law

GB REACH specific law

These laws also define a number of offences and the powers that the enforcing authorities may use. Find out more about offences and powers.

 
Updated 2021-08-10