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Providing risk reduction strategies and analysis of advantages and drawbacks for a range of substances (framework agreement with 2 contractors) - CB01050

CGMP wishes to augment its in-house resources and expertise to enable it to prepare risk reduction strategies and analysis of advantages and drawbacks on a number of substances and to give advice both at home and on the international scene. The contractors will develop risk reduction strategies together with an analysis of advantages and drawbacks for a range of substances when required.


Our requirement for a risk reduction report generally springs from our actions under the Existing Substances Regulation (793/93/EEC). In brief, this initiated a major programme to collect basic information on high tonnage chemical substances to draw up priority lists identifying where there is the greatest concern, to assess any risk which may be posed to human health or the environment, and to decide whether any further controls are necessary through development of a risk reduction strategy. Where any proposed control measures include recommendations for restrictions on the marketing and use of substances, the rapporteur (Member State with the lead on the risk assessment) is required to submit an analysis of the advantages and drawbacks of the substance, and of the availability of replacement substances. The implication is that benefits as well as risks should be taken into account in developing controls on hazardous substances in current use, while examining the likely effectiveness, practicability, economic impact, and monitor ability of the risk reduction measure(s).

Risk Reduction Strategy

It is Defra’s aim to recommend a risk reduction strategy which effectively reduces risks, while imposing the minimum necessary burden on society as a whole. In preparing the risk reduction strategy the EU technical guidance document on the development of a risk reduction strategy is followed.

Project Documents
• Final Report : Environmental risk reduction strategy and analysis of advantages and drawbacks for hexavalent chromium   (1179k)
• Final Report : Substitution within the authorisation procedure in the REACH legislation   (23k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2004

To: 2007

Cost: £176,408
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Entec UK Limited, Risk and Policy Analysts Ltd
Environmental Protection              
Hazardous substances              
Toxic Substances              
Fields of Study
Chemicals and Nanotechnology