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ECHA’s challenges and priorities for 2012 -2013

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GAYLE DE MARIA
chimica oggi/Chemistry Today – TKS Publisher
gayle@teknoscienze.com

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) invited journalists from all Europe to Helsinki for a technical briefing on its 2013 activities and challenges. The two-day event (2 – 3 February) included thematic briefings conducted by ECHA’s Directors.
The meeting was opened by Geert Dancet – ECHA Executive Director – who started his speech by stating that Europe is leading the world on the safe use of chemicals thanks to the Reach legislation. He pointed out that REACH aims to grant high levels of protection of human health and the environment, no unnecessary testing on vertebrate animals (thus the obligation to share tests information), to increase innovation (not only into new chemicals but also into new technologies which have permitted to substitute specific m