Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Chesar 2.0 released and strongly recommended by ECHA for REACH

Announced by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA):

ECHA launches a new generation of its Chemical Safety Assessment and Reporting Tool to further harmonise and improve information on the safe use of chemicals.

Helsinki, 20 June 2012 – Version 2.0 of Chesar is now available and can be downloaded from the revised Chesar website. ECHA has invested in the redesign of the IT technology of Chesar in order to enhance its stability and make it a better platform for further developments as part of the long term strategy for Chesar. Other improvements include: a redesigned user interface, more transparency in determining the scope of the required exposure assessment, a simplified risk characterisation and an updated version of the Targeted Risk Assessment (TRA) developed by ECETOC. The possibilities to import and export complete chemical safety assessments (CSAs) or CSA building blocks have also been extended.

With Chesar industry organisations can make available generic exposure assessments for the conditions of use in their sector. Single registrants may then import and use this information as a starting point for their own substance specific assessment. Using Chesar will contribute to efficiency and harmonisation in carrying out CSAs. Thus, ECHA strongly recommends (potential) registrants to systematically use Chesar for making chemical safety reports and exposure scenarios.

Today's release of Chesar 2.0 includes the functionalities for carrying out CSAs based on a IUCLID 5.4 dataset and to generate chapters 9 and 10 of the chemical safety report (CSR), with one exception: exposure estimations for consumer uses is not yet included in the current release, but will be included in version 2.1.

The full press release and more information are available here.

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