ECHA publishes first 5-year strategic plan for public consultation

29 May 2013 11:15  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on Wednesday published its first five-year strategic plan, which sets out an approach to achieve a broad and long-term perspective on the safe use of chemicals in Europe.

The ECHA has invited the public and organisations to comment on its draft 'Multi-Annual Work Programme 2014-2018' for the coming five years, which is structured around the agency's strategic goals.

“The key drivers prioritised by the ECHA management board are: improving the quality of information on chemicals, making best use of that information for risk management and control, addressing scientific challenges and finally efficient and effective working on the old as well as new tasks coming from the Biocidal Products and [Prior Informed Consent] Regulations,” the ECHA said.

“By commenting on the ECHA draft Multi-Annual Work Programme for 2014-2018, the public can help the agency to be engaged more directly and widely with its audiences in the development of more citizen-centred actions and deliveries,” it added.

The ECHA's management board will be asked to adopt a final version of its Multi-Annual Work Programme for 2014-2018 at a meeting in September 2013.

In related news, Germany-based chemicals major BASF announced it has completed the second phase of registration for the EU’s Reach (registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals) legislation.

Petrochemicals companies are required to register substances manufactured in or imported to the EU in volumes between 100 and 1,000 tonnes/year by 31 May.

BASF submitted around 550 substance dossiers to the ECHA in this phase  – more than any other company, it said.

The first Reach registration deadline – for substances sold in the EU in volumes greater than 1,000 tonnes/year, and substances of very high concern – was on 30 November 2010.

“By the end of the final transition period in 2018, BASF is expecting a total of approximately 3,500 registrations. 250 employees at BASF are engaged in the implementation of Reach, and the total costs for BASF by the year 2018 will be between €500m [$641m] and €550m,” the company said.

($1 = €0.78)

By: Franco Capaldo
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