“We are working with 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’ll 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 of chemicals 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 26 June to help its members proactively and systematically review and improve data in 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 comprised of the representatives of ECHA and Cefic.
Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, founded in 1972, is the voice of large, medium and small chemical companies across Europe, which provide 1.2 million jobs and account for 16% of world chemicals production.