european chemicals agency News

  • First European Chemicals Agency inaugurated

    The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) was officially opened this week by European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Vice-President Günter Verheugen together with Gérard Onesta, Vice-President of the European Parliament, and Finnish Prime Matti Vanhanen. Located in Helsinki, ECHA is responsible for managing the implementation of the REACH requirements in relation to the registration, ...

  • EPA and European Chemicals Agency sign agreement to enhance chemical safety (HQ)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have announced a partnership that will promote enhanced technical cooperation on chemical management activities. The partnership is part of EPA's commitment to improve chemical safety. ECHA is the agency that implements the European Union’s chemical management program known as REACH (Registration, ...

  • European Chemicals Agency analyses socioeconomic impact of health & safety legislation

    The Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) of ECHA met in Helsinki for the first time 2–3 April. This committee is responsible for preparing the opinions of the Agency relating to the socio-economic impact of possible legislative actions on chemical substances. The Committee discussed and agreed on its rules of procure. It also established a working group to look into methodology issues ...

  • New director for EU chemicals agency

    Geert Dancet, nominee for the post of Executive Director of the European Chemicals Agency in Helsinki, took part in a hearing before the Environment Committee on Wednesday. During the hearing, Mr Dancet, whose formal appointment is scheduled for a month from now, stressed his personal independence and that of the Agency. He promised MEPs he would keep the committee informed about the Agency's ...


    By European Parliament

  • European Chemicals Agency member state committee starts work on items of `Very High Concern`

    ECHA's Member State Committee will play a key role in decision making of the Agency. Its essential task will be to aim for unanimous agreements in such cases where Member States of the EU have diverging views on the Agency’s draft decisions or proposals for candidates as Substances of Very High Concern. The first meeting in Helsinki at the end of February has set the scene for the Committee’s ...

  • UK health agency teams up with MoD to fight threat of chemical terrorism

    The Health Protection Agency and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) are to collaborate on a major GBP 3.5 million research programme to combat the threat of chemical terrorism. Agency and Dstl scientists will join forces to develop new and improved ways of protecting the public from the accidental or deliberate release of toxic substances. Research will focus on decontamination ...


    By Health Protection Agency

  • EU Chemicals Agency Defends Video On Consumer Rights Over Industry Objections

    The European Chemicals Agency is defending itself against accusations of alarmism over a video made to raise awareness about a consumer right to information on chemicals that was introduced by the European Union's REACH regulation. The video, issued by ECHA June 30, is intended to highlight a provision in REACH (Regulation No. 1907/2006 on the ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • REACH: European industry urged to pre-register all chemicals

    Some 30,000 chemicals currently in use (e.g. acids, metals, solvents, surfactants, glues) have to be pre-registered at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) between 1st June and 1st December 2008. As the new chemicals legislation REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) will enter into operation on 1st June, the European Commission and ECHA are alerting ...


    By European Commission

  • European Parliament Adopts World`s Strictest Chemicals Law

    STRASBOURG, France - The European Parliament Wednesday approved a new regulation for 30,000 chemicals which will oblige producers to register all chemical substances produced or imported above a total quantity of one metric ton per year. Many are chemicals used in everyday products such as cosmetics, toys and building materials. The most hazardous substances, such as ...

  • EPA releases database on Environmental Chemicals Agency continued efforts to provide more transparency

    EPA has released a new online database that collects information on more than 500,000 man-made chemicals from over 200 public sources. The Aggregated Computational Toxicology Resource (ACToR) database allows access to hundreds of data sources in one place, providing a new level of transparency and easy access for environmental researchers, scientific journalists and the public. Sources of ...

  • A European Strategy for Shale

    Mr Chair, distinguished guests, You have asked me to deliver a speech on "A European Strategy for Shale?" The most important word or better said "sign" in this title is actually the question mark itself. Two meanings: first, is there a need for a European strategy and action on shale gas? And second, what could it be? My answer to the first question will be very straightforward. Yes, we ...

  • The Lake Constance software specialist is assisting the European Union to prepare for REACH, the new regulatory framework for chemicals

    Untitled Document Markdorf-based software company TechniData AG has been charged by the European Union (EU) with carrying out ...


  • 2008 Annual Report: no cutting back on health and safety, warns Agency head

    Writing in the Agency’s Annual Report for 2008, Jukka Takala argues that companies should think carefully before cutting back on their investment in occupational safety and health (OSH), in the face of global recession. “There is no point in making short-term gains at the cost of long-term problems”, he writes. “All of our work shows that the more healthy workplaces are, the more productive they ...

  • Chemicals Legislation in Europe

    Environmental publisher Raymond Communications will host a 90-minute teleconference on Tuesday, June 5, on REACH (Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals), environmental legislation recently enacted by the European Union. REACH was approved by the EU Parliament and Council of Ministers in December 2006 and will take effect on June 1, 2007. Under the new legislation, producers of ...


    By Raymond Publishing

  • European Companies Appeal ECHA Titanium Dioxide Decision

    The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published on November 3, 2014, an announcement of appeal of a June 17, 2014, contested decision following a compliance check of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) registration submitted by Tioxide Europe Limited for titanium dioxide. In the ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • GHS regulation in the European Union officially adopted

    On September 3, 2008, the European Union’s (EU) Parliament adopted legislative reports (the “compromise package”) concerning the EU proposal for a Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) of substances and mixtures, in their first reading agreement. The next step in the EU legislative process, was final adoption by the European Council of the new CLP regulation. The new CLP ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • Revisions to Biocidal Product Regulation in the European Union

    On May 22, 2012, the European Union (EU) adopted the Biocidal Products Regulation (EC Regulation 528/2012) (BPR), which will replace and repeal the Biocidal Products Directive (BPD) (98/8/EC) currently in effect for regulating biocidal active substances and biocidal products. The BPR entered into force on July 17, 2012, with many new provisions going into effect on September 1, ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Revisions to Biocidal Product Regulation in the European Union

    On May 22, 2012, the European Union (EU) adopted the Biocidal Products Regulation (EC Regulation 528/2012) (BPR), which will replace and repeal the Biocidal Products Directive (BPD) (98/8/EC) currently in effect for regulating biocidal active substances and biocidal products. The BPR entered into force on July 17, 2012, with many new provisions going into effect on September 1, ...


    By Acta Group

  • Axion Consulting joins European landfill mining consortium

    Axion Consulting has signed up to the European Enhanced Landfill Mining Consortium, known as EURELCO, triggered in part by approaches from land developers investigating the possibility of ‘mining’ resources from former landfill sites. According to the Manchester-based resource recovery specialist, joining the European-wide network of public and private sector organisations gives it a ...

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