Chemicals Database Unveiled in EU

Thursday, December 9, 2010 @ 08:12 AM gHale


The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) unveiled its chemicals database project containing 4,300 substances.
Companies needed to register hazardous chemicals with the ECHA by the end of November if they used or imported more than one metric ton per year, and any industrial chemical of which they used or imported more than 1,000 metric tons per year.
Companies that failed to register certain types of substances by the deadline can no longer manufacture, import or use that substance as of Dec. 1.
“Most of the registrations came from companies based in Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, France and Belgium,” ECHA said in a statement, with Germany accounting for 23 percent and Britain 12 percent of registered chemicals.
The creation of the massive database will make it much easier to police the use of hazardous chemicals, said ECHA spokesman Mikko Vaananen.
ECHA expects to scrutinize five percent of the files to make sure manufacturers are properly handling and testing the chemicals.
Next year, the database will be a public online document, where anyone can search for information on a specific chemical.
Wednesday’s report was the first step in an undertaking aimed at listing every industrial chemical imported or used in the EU in a single searchable database.
By the final deadline, on May 31, 2018, every industrial chemical, no matter how little, should be in the catalog.



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