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Brussels -- The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has just a month until it formally takes over responsibility for assessing and controlling the risks posed by chemicals from the European Chemicals Bureau (ECB)
ECHA, located in Helsinki, Finland, will be responsible for managing the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction processes for chemical substances. Its work will thus ensure a benchmark of standards and consistency across the whole of the EU. The ECHA is also responsible for maintaining the standards set out in the REACH regulation.
The central aims of REACH are to improve human health and the environment, while at the same time bolstering the overall competitiveness of the chemicals industry. Another of its aims is to improve communication and risk management in the entire chemical supply chain, and to replace particularly dangerous chemical substances with safer alternatives. These REACH processes are designed to provide additional information on chemicals and to ensure their safe use.
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