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European Chemicals Bureau hands over to new Chemicals Agency

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.

Following research by the European Chemicals Bureau (ECB) and discussions between the Commission, the European Parliament, and stakeholders, the Commission proposal for a new chemicals regulation was released in 2000, and the "REACH" regulation entered into force on 1st June 2007. It provides for a coherent legislation, replacing about 40 pieces of existing legal text.

The overall objective of REACH is to improve human health and the environment, while strengthening the competitiveness of the chemicals industry. It also aims to improve communication and risk management in the entire chemical supply chain, and to replace particularly dangerous chemical substances with safer alternatives.

Towards REACH and IUCLID 5

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.

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