European Chemicals Agency
|European Chemicals Agency|
|Formation||December 18, 2006 (ratified)
June 1, 2007 (established)
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA; pron.: // EK-ə) is an agency of the European Union which manages the technical, scientific and administrative aspects of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) system. ECHA is the driving force among regulatory authorities in implementing the EU's groundbreaking chemicals legislation for the benefit of human health and the environment as well as for innovation and competitiveness. ECHA helps companies to comply with the legislation, advances the safe use of chemicals, provides information on chemicals and addresses chemicals of concern. It is sited in Helsinki, Finland.
The Agency, headed by Executive Director Geert Dancet, started working on 1st of June 2007.
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