Friday, December 17, 2010

EPA and ECHA Cooperation On Chemical Data, REACH Data

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have announced a partnership to promote enhanced technical cooperation on chemical management activities. 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 was formalized through a statement of intent at the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) meeting in Washington, D.C.

The statement describes a process for cooperating on a range of issues of mutual interests including toxicity testing, the hazard and risk assessment of chemicals, risk management tools, scientific collaboration, and information exchange.

A major area of collaboration will be in the exchange of data and information between ECHA and EPA, including non-confidential information on hazards, uses, and substance identification, and data collected under REACH. The two agencies will also share criteria for managing confidential business information (CBI).

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