EU's chemical agency inaugurated in Helsinki

The European Union on Friday opened its new chemicals agency in Helsinki, tasked with implementing the EU's new chemicals regulation to eliminate dangerous chemicals through tightened regulation.

EU's chemical agency inaugurated in Helsinki

The European Union on Friday opened its new chemicals agency in Helsinki, tasked with implementing the EU's new chemicals regulation to eliminate dangerous chemicals through tightened regulation.

"All the indications are that implementing Reach will be a challenging operation due to its importance and number of decisions to be taken by the Commission and by the Agency within a very short time span," EU Commission vice president Guenter Verheugen said at the opening.

"The task of converting the Reach regulation into reality will very much depend on the quality and effectiveness of the agency's work. The success of Reach will rely on Echa," Verheugen added.

According to the vice president the European Chemicals regulation Reach, short for registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals, was the result of "very difficult and long negotiations."

The regulation was adopted in December last year after three years of fierce debate and intense lobbying from the chemical industry.

Reach will require the registration of some 30,000 chemical substances over a period of 11 years with the aim of eliminating dangerous chemicals.

Manufacturers and importers are required to generate data for all chemicals substances produced or imported into the EU above one tonne per year.

With Reach the obligation to manange the risks from chemicals and to provide safety information will move from the authorities to the industry.


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