Just an “hint” to the REACH guidance. What is REACH, most of you would probably ask? It stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals. There is a consultation procedure by the ECHA (European Chemicals Agency). If the agency is convinced that this guidance should be updated or a new guidance should be developed, it will draft a text, maybe with the help of experts who are external to the institution.
Then three steps follow: the so-called consultation of a PEG (Partner Expert Group); consultation of ECHA’s committees and/or forum and, last but not least, final consultation of the European Commission and the specialized Authorities of the 27 Member States of the EU. This happens via the meeting of the authorities for REACH and the CLP Regulations (Caracal).
For most of us who do not know this specialized language, a “translation” of CLP regulations to general English would be a releaf. It is not very difficult as CLP stands for Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures. It should have been “considered in detail during negotiations between Member States, the Council and the European Parliament, between July 2007 and June 2008. The UK was represented by the HSE” – Health and Safety Executive, an institution – “throughout the negotiations”.
Safety. Just a brief referring to safety and to another European institution, the OSHA (European Agency for Safety and Health at Work). It published a volume whose title is “Workplace exposure to nanoparticles“.
– Your favourite travel destination (please vote)
– Which is your best song? – A poll of mine
Thursday June 18, 2009
updated on Monday December 21, 2009