Congrès Annuel de la SFT - Paris, 25-26 novembre 2010
Toxicologie liée à l'environnement
Peter Megaw, ECHA
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is a relatively young agency – it only started operation on 1 June 2007 and became fully operational on 1 June 2008.
Nevertheless it has already reached the stage where, even as we hold this meeting, it is in the process of receiving unprecedented volumes of data about chemical substances. It is likely that by the first registration deadline on 1 December 2010 ECHA will hold one of the biggest and most comprehensive collections of toxicological data ever held by one organisation. If it is not the biggest collection it is certainly likely to be that collected at the fastest rate.
However, the REACH regulation - whose job it is for ECHA to manage the implementation of - does not only foresee gathering of such information; it also foresees its dissemination.
This presentation will therefore look not only at the ECHA structures that allow gathering and assessment of such data but also at procedures in place to disseminate the information and how it can be accessed by all – including by toxicologists.