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Legal Basis

Following regulations are implemented into the state Legal Act No. 350/2011 Coll.

  • Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and the Council of the 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH);
  • Regulation (EC) No. 648/2004 of the European Parliament and the Council of 31 March 2004 on detergents;
  • Regulation (EC) No. 689/2008 of the European Parliament and the Council concerning the export and import of dangerous chemicals;
  • Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and the Council of 16 December 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP).
  • Regulation (EU) 2017/852 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2017 on mercury, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1102/2008.

In relation to the responsibilities of the Ministry of Defence stemming from the national REACH Defence exemption procedures based on the EDA Code of Conduct on REACH Defence exemptions, the draft legal act has been submitted to the Parliament for approval.

Description of National Procedure

The industrial subject submits the application form and dossier to the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic.

Before the exemption is granted, the Ministry of Environment requests the Ministry of Defence to evaluate the application with regard to national defence interests. Based on the subject of the exemption application, the relevant bodies within the MoD assess the relevance of the application in question with regard to the needs and requirements of the Czech Armed Forces. Subsequently, responsible body issues a binding statement that is submitted to the Ministry of the Environment.

If necessary, the Ministry of Environment may request additional statements from other government institutions.

The Ministry of the Environment makes the final decision which is communicated to the organisation making the request for exemption.

Description of National Safeguard Measures

National Safeguard Measures mirror the Chemical Code and measures imposed by the REACH Regulation.

National Bodies Involved

Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic – lead organisation responsible for the national implementation of REACH Regulation
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic
Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic

Other governmental bodies may be invited as appropriate.

Where to File an Application

The Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic is the entry point for any application of REACH Defence exemption received from the industrial subjects.

Conditions/Procedures for Acknowledgment/Recognition of Foreign Defence Exemptions

Specific national provisions on reciprocal acknowledgement do not exist, but willing to take into consideration other MS defence exemptions (under certain prerequisites e.g. if exemptions were provided under the EDA CoC), following a separate national assessment.

Number of Exemptions Granted

Total 7 defence exemptions have been granted to date.

Contact Info

Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic
Vrsovicka 1442/ 65
Praha 10, 100 10
REACH PoC: Karel Blaha, Director of the Department of Environmental Hazards and Environmental Damages; phone: 00420 267 122 532

Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic
Industrial Cooperation Division
Tychonova 1, Prague 6
REACH PoC: Marek Svoboda, phone: 00420 606 629 921

Link to national web site(s) (if any)

Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic:
Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic:


 Last Update: 20 July 2023