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ECHA to publish information on use safe of chemicals for citizens
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Dec '09
The European Chemicals Agency has published on its website hazard and safe-use information on chemical substances that have been registered. Over time, this growing database will permit citizens to make well informed decisions about the use of chemicals or articles containing chemicals they purchase. The information was provided by companies who manufacture or import these substances. It will be updated each time additional information is received by ECHA.

Public access to information on chemicals is a central element of the REACH Regulation and shall allow EU citizens to make informed decisions about the use of chemicals to which they may be exposed. Also workers will benefit from this by safer use of chemicals at the work place. By making available the first safety information submitted under the REACH Regulation, ECHA is starting to implement this important aspect of the Regulation. In a dedicated section of the ECHA webpage you can find information on substances which companies manufacture or import in the EU: their hazardous properties, their classification and labelling and how to use them safely.

The amount of information provided can be different for individual substances – for example, the higher the production volume of the substance, the more information the companies need to provide. It is possible that some information is not disseminated because companies have claimed confidentiality. That information may become available at a later stage after ECHA has decided whether these claims are justified.

The number of substances for which information is available in the database will increase considerably over time as more registrations are received by ECHA. ECHA is publishing the information as submitted by the companies in their registration dossiers as required by the REACH Regulation. This means that the information is not verified by the Agency.

The safe use of chemicals is the core objective of REACH. Industry is responsible for establishing the safety of chemicals. Companies must demonstrate that they use their substances safely and provide accurate data in their registration dossiers.

ECHA makes information on chemical substances in its databases available to everybody over the internet, in accordance with the REACH Regulation. The information disseminated in this web-portal comes from registration dossiers which have been assigned a registration number. The assignment of a registration number only indicates that the dossier is complete but does not guarantee that the information contained therein is compliant with REACH. The quality of data can be challenged in the evaluation processes of REACH.

Reproduction or further distribution of the information is subject to copyright laws and may require the permission of the owner of that information.

Potential registrants are reminded that pursuant to Article 10 of the REACH Regulation, robust study summaries and study summaries disseminated in this portal may only be used for the purpose of registration, where the potential registrant is in legitimate possession of the full study report or has permission to refer to the full study report.

European Chemicals Agency

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