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The European Chemicals Bureau - An overview of 15 years experience in EU chemicals legislation

Funded under: FP7-JRC

Abstract

From its creation in 1993, the European Chemicals Bureau (ECB) has played a vital role in the development, implementation and monitoring of European Union legislation on chemicals and contributing to the Commission's international participation in chemicals programmes. The ECB has housed much of the European Commission's experience, capacity and historical memory in chemical risk assessment and safe chemical management. The contribution of ECB to the drafting, development and implementation of the REACH regulation has been an important one. The provision of scientific/technical expertise to the start-up phase of the newly born European Chemicals Agency has been essential for a swift and effective implementation of REACH. The ECB has contributed to that effort not only by selecting, recruiting and training ECHA staff but also by seconding part of its own key staff to the agency. And finally, during 2008 the ECB is completing the hand-over files and transmitting them to the ECHA, which is taking over responsibility for the operational implementation of EU legislation on chemicals. This report, which is produced on the 15th anniversary of the ECB, provides a historical overview of ECB's scientific and policy support activities since its establishment in 1993 as part of the European Commissions' Joint Research Centre (JRC).

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Authors: RANA A, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Ispra (IT);SOKULL-KLÜTTGEN B, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Ispra (IT);WORTH A (Editors), European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23301 EN (2008), 19 pp. Free of charge
Availability: http://bookshop.europa.eu/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/EU-Bookshop-Site/en_GB/-/EUR/ViewPublication-Start?PublicationKey=LBNA23301 (Catalogue Number: LB-NA-23301-EN-C)
Record Number: 200910063 / Last updated on: 2008-11-20
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en