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12. September 2019

EUROPE: Over 100 chemical companies commit to reevaluating chemicals safety data

The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) has received commitments from 102 chemical manufacturers to reevaluate the safety data in previously submitted REACH registration dossiers.

Cefic launched a voluntary multi-annual 'Action Plan' this past June for review and improvement of REACH dossiers. By using a set of guiding principles laid down in the Action Plan, companies can decide whether their dossiers may need to be updated with additional information in line with the expectations of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

A steering committee made up of the Cefic members and ECHA will be established to guide the implementation of the Action Plan. Cefic will monitor the progress in reviewing REACH dossiers and will publish status reports on an annual basis. "As a next step we'll launch, together with ECHA, a pilot project to review and improve selected dossiers from a small set of companies who volunteered to participate," said Sylvie Lemoine, executive director, product stewardship at Cefic.

"The purpose of this pilot project is to develop, among other things, case studies and best practices for the use of alternative testing methods of chemicals to avoid animal tests, where possible. This is a rapidly developing field of research and companies would appreciate guidance to make sure they use the most recent methodologies in line with ECHA's expectations."

Source: Weekly “PetroChemical News”, Durham, NC, USA; 9 Sept 2019
(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)

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