Tuesday, April 3, 2012

ECHA Updates REACH Guidance on Data Sharing for Chemical Regulation

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has updated its guidance on data sharing.  The update takes into consideration information and experience obtained during the REACH registration process and since the original publication of the guidance in 2007.

According to ECHA,"the text has been throroughly revised amending both content and structure." Changes to content include improvement of the "overall coherence" and to create a more focused document that helps companies avoid "unnecessary testing." Duplicative material covered in other guidance has been removed and/or made more consistent.  Two new sections have been added to make the document clearer, including more comprehensive discussions of the data sharing process for phase-in and non-phase-in substances. Additional new sections cover the "data sharing dispute processes" and "post-registration data sharing obligations."

More information can be found on the ECHA site.

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