The European Chemicals Bureau has contributed substantially to the new chemicals regulation, REACH, which entered into force on 1st June 2007, which aims to improve human health and the environment while strengthening the competitiveness of the chemicals industry.
The ECB has in the past five years worked towards implementing online management and archiving of relevant material for REACH. IUCLID (International Uniform Chemicals Information Database) 5 is the software tool used to gather data and prepare dossiers for the new European Chemicals Agency. It is a global standard application which was developed by the Commission in close cooperation with the chemicals industry and Member States. The application is available to download for free via the ECB website. At the beginning of 2008, the IUCLID website had 8400 registered users and the IUCLID 5 software had been downloaded around 6900 times from worldwide users.