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ECEAE comments on Agency’s work plan

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the EU agency responsible for the REACH chemicals legislation, has been seeking comments on its proposed work plan for 2014-2018.

The ECEAE submitted comments this week in support of the Agency’s commitment to do more to ensure that alternative methods are taken up by industry. The ECEAE was pleased to see mention of the promotion of alternatives and the commitment for workshops and development of integrated testing strategies and read across approaches.

The ECEAE was also pleased to see the desire for “more rapid integration of scientific developments into regulatory decision making including accelerating the regulatory acceptance of alternative testing and assessment methods, and integrated testing strategies especially with a view of the 2018 registration deadline”. However, the ECEAE commented that if this was to be achieved then more specific commitments were needed.

The ECEAE asked for firmer promises to:

  • Train and recruit specialists in alternative methods
  • Regularly update industry on accepted alternatives
  • Host workshops specifically on alternative methods
  • Publish the results of their decisions sooner than they have planned
“I ABHOR VIVISECTION WITH MY WHOLE SOUL. ALL THE SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES STAINED WITH INNOCENT BLOOD I COUNT AS OF NO CONSEQUENCE.”  MOHANDAS (MAHATMA) GANDHI

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