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This paper describes the role of the European Chemicals Bureau (ECB) in the assessment of new and existing chemicals. Following a Commission communication to the Council and the European Parliament, the ECB was established within the Environment Institute of JRC Ispra with effect of 1st January, 1993. The principal task of the Bureau is to carry out and coordinate the scientific/technical work which is needed for the implementation of EC legislation (directives, regulations) in the area of chemical control. The Bureau will assume an increasingly important role in the asssessment, management and control of risks which may be posed by existing and new chemicals substances which circulate in the EU. In this context, five major work areas have been identified for the Bureau at present: classification and labelling of dangerous substances; notification of new substances; testing methods; existing chemicals; export/import control. Additional and complementary tasks can be expected at later stages.

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Authors: KARCHER W, JRC Ispra (IT);HANSEN B, JRC Ispra (IT);JANUSCH A, JRC Ispra (IT);VOLLMER G, JRC Ispra (IT);TSANI BAZACAE, JRC Ispra (IT);HART J, Danish Environmental Protection Agency, (DK)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 9th Conference on Environmental Protection Toxic and Hazardous Compounds in the Environment, Thessaloniki (GR), November 27-30, 1995
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 39480 ORA
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