18 December 2009 12:01 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has begun publishing on its website chemical-substance hazard and safe-use information submitted under Reach, the Finland-based agency said on Friday.
The ECHA said the freely available information included substances that are manufactured in or import into the EU. The information included the substances' hazardous properties, their classification and labelling, and notes on how to use them safely.
The agency added that by making access to information on chemicals public, it had started to implement a central element of the EU's Reach regulation.
“Over time, this growing database will permit citizens to make well-informed decisions about the use of chemicals or articles containing chemicals they purchase,” the ECHA said.
The agency said the database would be updated each time it received additional information provided by the companies that manufacture or import the substances.
The database would provide different levels of information for different substances. For example, the higher the production volume, the more information the companies would need to provide, the ECHA added.
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