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New and improved way to find information on chemical used in Europe today!

28 January 2016

New and improved way to find information on chemical used in Europe today!

There is now a new, easier way to find information on 120 000 chemicals used in Europe on a daily basis. The information is available in three layers of complexity which aims to improve the transparency and traceability of data on chemicals.

More specifically the three layer approach consists of: the simple infocard, the more detailed brief profile and the full source data.

The infocard gives a summary of the key information on a chemical substance in plain English. Users can read about the chemicals they are exposed to, where they are commonly used, whether they are hazardous and the precautions that they might need to take.

The brief profile goes deeper into the environmental, human health and physico-chemical properties of the chemical. It provides a user-friendly overview of the information collected for each substance under the different chemical regulations. This will be most useful for employers, workers, academics and regulators.

The third level, source data, includes the raw data submitted by companies to ECHA in REACH registration dossiers and notifications to the classification and labelling inventory.

 

By doing this ECHA is not reducing the amount of information, adding or approving the collected data but making it much more accessible, marking an important step towards safer chemicals by 2020 and a great contribution from the EU to the goals of the United Nations' World Summit on Sustainable Development that was set back in 2002.

If you have any questions Contact ReFaC now.

 

The ReFaC Team

 

Further information can be found on the link below:

http://echa.europa.eu/view-article/-/journal_content/title/know-more-about-the-effects-of-the-chemicals-we-use-in-europe

 

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