News & Opportunities

Back to list

Museums with artefacts containing asbestos

Registration Evaluation Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation, Article 67 (1) and annex XVII Entry 6, prohibits the placing on the market articles to which asbestos fibres have been intentionally added.

The REACH Enforcement (Amendment) Regulations 2013 which came into force on 16 December 2013 grants The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) the powers to issue an exemption from the prohibition imposed by REACH, for articles which were installed and/or in service before 1 January 2005, subject to a set of conditions to be applied to the exemption certificate to ensure a high level of protection of human health. 

The Health and Safety Executive has granted a class exemption to the museum sector to enable the loan / transfer of artefacts that contain asbestos, between exhibitions etc. 

The museum exemption certificate is subject to a number of conditions to ensure a high level of protection of human health.  

The certificate is valid for 10 years from 13 February 2015. HSE can review and/or revoke exemptions at any time.

For further information, such as FAQs, and a copy of the signed exeption certificate, please visit

Back to list