In December 2012, the European Commission announced the launch of the Regulatory Performance Programme (REFIT).  The purpose of this programme is to identify, assess, adopt and monitor the implementations initiatives, which will result in significant regulatory cost reduction or simplification.  Fitness checks are one of the tools under the REFIT programme and are comprehensive policy evaluations designed to ascertain whether the regulatory framework for a policy sector is fit for purpose.

As part of the REFIT programme, the European Commission launched a fitness check on chemicals legislation (excluding REACH).  A study led by RPA was commissioned to support the fitness check in evaluating the CLP Regulation ((EC) No 1272/2008) and its interface with other related chemicals legislation in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, relevance and EU added value.  It includes an evaluation of CLP and the interplay between CLP and related legislation, in particular, other legislation governing hazard identification, classification and communication ('horizontal links') and downstream legislation that establishes risk management measures directly or indirectly triggered by a CLP hazard class ('vertical links').

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