Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors



Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


android tablet pc

Home > Press > D-day imminent for European Chemicals Agency

Abstract:
On 1 June, the European Chemicals Bureau (ECB) will hand over its responsibilities to the newly created European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

D-day imminent for European Chemicals Agency

Europe | Posted on April 30th, 2008

For the last 15 years, the ECB, which is one of the seven scientific institutes in the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), has been primarily responsible for assessing and controlling the risks posed by chemical substances.

The ECB's work has been essential to the scientific and technical preparation of the Commission's proposals to update the list of dangerous substances for which harmonised classification and labelling have been agreed at Community level, as well as updating the classification criteria.

The official inventory of classification and labelling for hazardous substances with toxicological and eco-toxicological potential currently lists about 3,400 entries, corresponding to around 7,900 substances.

In full operation, the ECB coordinated many activities, such as chairing more than 400 meetings with Member States' competent authorities and other stakeholders, helping them to reach consensus.

In the last five years, the bureau worked on implementing an online management system, as well as archiving all relevant material for new chemicals regulation, REACH, which entered into force on 1 June 2007. The management system now has 8,400 registered users and has been downloaded around 6,900 times by worldwide users.

Now ECHA, located in Helsinki, Finland, will take offer from the ECB. It will be responsible for managing the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction processes for chemical substances. Its work will thus ensure a benchmark of standards and consistency across the whole of the EU. The ECHA is also responsible for maintaining the standards set out in the REACH regulation.

The central aims of REACH are to improve human health and the environment, while at the same time bolstering the overall competitiveness of the chemicals industry. Another of its aims is to improve communication and risk management in the entire chemical supply chain, and to replace particularly dangerous chemical substances with safer alternatives. These REACH processes are designed to provide additional information on chemicals and to ensure their safe use.

Essentially, REACH replaces about 40 separate pieces of legislation with a streamlined and improved Regulation. Other legislation regulating chemicals not replaced by REACH such as those concerning cosmetics and detergents or legislation regarding related issues on health and safety of workers handling chemicals, product safety, construction products will continue to apply. REACH has been designed not to overlap or conflict with the other chemical legislation.

####

For more information, please click here

Copyright © European Commission

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Oregon researchers glimpse pathway of sunlight to electricity: Collaboration with Lund University uses modified UO spectroscopy equipment to study 'maze' of connections in photoactive quantum dots December 19th, 2014

Instant-start computers possible with new breakthrough December 19th, 2014

Aculon Hires New Business Development Director December 19th, 2014

Iranian Scientists Use Nanotechnology to Increase Power, Energy of Supercapacitors December 18th, 2014

Iranian Researchers Produce Electrical Pieces Usable in Human Body December 18th, 2014

Chemistry

How does enzymatic pretreatment affect the nanostructure and reaction space of lignocellulosic biomass? December 18th, 2014

The gold standard December 9th, 2014

Govt.-Legislation/Regulation/Funding/Policy

Oregon researchers glimpse pathway of sunlight to electricity: Collaboration with Lund University uses modified UO spectroscopy equipment to study 'maze' of connections in photoactive quantum dots December 19th, 2014

Zenosense, Inc. - Hospital Collaboration - 400 Person Lung Cancer Detection Trial December 17th, 2014

SUNY Poly NanoCollege Faculty Member Selected as American Physical Society Fellow: SUNY Poly Associate Professor of Nanoscience Dr. Vincent LaBella Recognized for Significant Technological Innovations that Enable Interactive Learning December 17th, 2014

Switching to spintronics: Berkeley Lab reports on electric field switching of ferromagnetism at room temp December 17th, 2014

Announcements

Oregon researchers glimpse pathway of sunlight to electricity: Collaboration with Lund University uses modified UO spectroscopy equipment to study 'maze' of connections in photoactive quantum dots December 19th, 2014

Instant-start computers possible with new breakthrough December 19th, 2014

Aculon Hires New Business Development Director December 19th, 2014

Iranian Scientists Use Nanotechnology to Increase Power, Energy of Supercapacitors December 18th, 2014

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More










ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE