U.S., EU Ink Chemical Safety Alliance

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 @ 03:12 PM gHale

A new partnership will promote enhanced technical cooperation in the chemical industry as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) signed an alliance pact.

ECHA is the agency that implements the European Union’s chemical management program known as REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals).

The partnership came together through a statement of intent and the organizations unveiled it during the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) meeting in Washington, D.C. The TEC, established to advance transatlantic economic integration between the United States and the European Union, issued a statement stressing the importance for enhanced cooperation on chemicals. The statement of intent provides the first concrete result of this effort.

The statement puts in place a process for working together on a range of issues of mutual interest including toxicity testing, the hazard and risk assessment of chemicals, risk management tools, scientific collaboration, and information exchange.

One of the major anticipated areas of collaboration will be on the exchange of data and information.

The statement of intent will promote the exchange of non-confidential information on hazards, uses, and substance identification between ECHA and EPA, including data collected under REACH. The two agencies will also share criteria for managing confidential business information with the goal to increase the availability of chemical information to the public. The statement also enables the agencies to share information on approaches to more efficiently address chemicals of concern prioritized for regulatory action.

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One Response to “U.S., EU Ink Chemical Safety Alliance”

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