Thursday, October 13, 2011

ECHA Sets Up Exposure Scenario Network to support REACH Chemical Evaluation

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has teamed up with several European chemical trade associations to establish a "cross-sector collaborative network to share knowledge, techniques and approaches to building and applying (REACH) exposure scenarios."  The new network "aims at identifying good industry practices on drafting exposure scenarios" and sets up a mechanism for "building a dialogue between supply chain actors" in an effort to "improve the protection of human health and the environment."

The new network is called ENES, the Exchange Network on Exposure Scenarios.  The trade associations with whom ECHA worked to set up ENES include the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), Eurometaux (the metals association), CONCAWE (the oil companies’ European association), the European Association of Chemical Distributors (FECC) and the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products (AISE) on behalf of the Downstream Users of  Chemicals Coordination Group (DUCC).

According to the ECHA press release, the first meeting will be held in Brussels, on November 24 and 25, 2011. Besides the trade associations listed above, various "sectors of industry, NGOs, Member State authorities and other stakeholders will be invited to participate."

See the ECHA page here for more information.

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