ERJ staff report (DS)
Helsinki -- The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) have signed a Statement of Intent to co-operate, said the European agency in a 20 December press statement.
The aim is to strengthen the scientific dialogue between the EU and the US and to increase co-operation on technical matters and other issues of common interest including the hazards and emerging risks of chemical substances, risk management tools, scientific collaboration and information exchange.
One of the anticipated areas of collaboration will be on exchange of data and information. For example, the Statement of Intent will promote the exchange of public information on hazards, uses, and substance identification between ECHA and the EPA. Experience on the manner in which confidentiality claims are verified by the agencies will also be shared with the aim of maximising the information on chemicals available to the public both in the EU and the US, while giving due protection to industry's confidential information. The agencies will also be sharing information on approaches to more efficiently address chemicals of concern.
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Press release from EChA