We advise companies in connection with the necessary administrative proceedings, in particular including proceedings at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki. That applies in particular to proceedings for the registration or authorisation of substances according to Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 (REACH) and likewise for active substances approvals and product authorisations under Regulation (EU) No. 528/2012 (BPR) and comparative parallel regimes (e.g. relating to plant protection products or fertilisers). Cooperation between technical and legal expertise is usually required in this connection. We are very familiar with the legal classification and assessment of demanding chemical-technical or toxicological issues.
We are aware from our many years‘ experience that the precisely appropriate shaping of administrative proceedings and corresponding applications is often of strategic significance for the business affected. The extreme importance is illustrated not only by the market and marketing prohibitions threatened by the lack of or inadequate registration, approval or licensing. Market and legal developments to be considered for the future also have decisive influence. And, of course, existing intervention and control powers of the competent authorities must be considered.
We advise companies on the structure and conduct of such proceedings and on the defence against additional measures of ECHA (e.g. in the course of substance or dossier evaluation). In addition, we also represent companies before national administrative and criminal investigation authorities (e.g. in proceedings initiated by competent market surveillance authorities).
We have long years‘ experience in cooperation with the specialist departments in companies of various industries and their technical advisors. If necessary, we can also avail of our excellent advisor network.
And, of course, we represent companies in relevant proceedings before national and European courts and the Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). In doing so, we subject not only the specialist assessment of the relevant authorities but also and in particular the procedural rules to close scrutiny in the interests of the company affected.