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Belgium: Reach Initiative Around 60 Chemical Manufacturers to Re-Evaluate Chemicals Safety Data

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59 chemical manufacturers have signed up for Cefic’s action plan to re-evaluate their chemicals safety data in their ‘Reach’ Registration Dossiers. The European Chemical Industry Council also has plans to launch a pilot project with ECHA wherein it will review and improve selected dossiers from a small set of companies.

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The purpose of the new pilot project is to develop case studies and best practices for the use of alternative testing methods for chemicals in order to avoid animal tests, where possible.
The purpose of the new pilot project is to develop case studies and best practices for the use of alternative testing methods for chemicals in order to avoid animal tests, where possible.
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Brussels/Belgium – 59 companies have signed up for Cefic’s Action Plan to re-evaluate their chemicals safety data following the launch of the voluntary industry-wide initiative on ‘Reach’ registration dossiers in June 2019.

“We are working around our membership to have more companies join the Action Plan and benefit from cooperation with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to bring all registration data on chemicals in line with the most recent guidelines”, said Sylvie Lemoine, Cefic’s Executive Director Product Stewardship.

“As a next step we will launch, together with ECHA, a pilot project to review and improve selected dossiers from a small set of companies who volunteered to participate. The purpose of this pilot project is to develop, among others, case studies and best practices for the use of alternative testing methods for chemicals in order to avoid animal tests, where possible. This is a rapidly developing field of research and companies would appreciate guidance to make sure they use the most recent methodologies in line with ECHA’s expectations”, added Sylvie Lemoine.

Cefic launched the Action Plan on June 26 to help its members proactively and systematically review and improve data in the previously submitted ‘Reach’ registration dossiers. The multi-annual Action Plan provides a framework for ‘Reach’ registrants to re-evaluate the safety data in a stepwise manner.

The Cefic Action Plan outlines the timeline, roles and responsibilities, substance prioritisation criteria, critical issues, and explains how progress will be reported. It is complemented by a Cooperation Agreement between Cefic and ECHA. The implementation of the Cooperation Agreement will be supported and guided by a Steering Committee which comprises representatives from ECHA and Cefic.

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