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European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)

Established on 1 June 2007, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is at the centre of the new regulatory system for chemicals in the European Union (EU), set out in Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). At the beginning of 2009, REACH was complemented by the Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and the Council). These legislative acts are applicable in all EU Member States without the need for transposition into national law.

ECHA’s responsibility is to manage all REACH and CLP tasks entrusted to it by carrying out or coordinating the necessary activities, in order to ensure a consistent implementation at Community level and to provide Member States and the European institutions with the best possible scientific advice on questions related to the safety and the socio-economic aspects of the use of chemicals. This is achieved by ensuring a credible decision-making process, using the best possible scientific, technical and regulatory capacities, and by working independently in an efficient, transparent and consistent manner.

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