ECHA board backs move to improve REACH compliance

The board of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has signed off on plans to change the authorisation process for using substances of very high concern and welcomed proposals to improve the compliance of existing chemicals registrations.

Following a board meeting on Thursday, ECHA announced it would change its authorisation procedure so that companies applying to use substances of very high concern will have to provide details on any existing alternatives, explaining why they are not yet feasible in their specific case.

The board also said it welcomed a plan by ECHA and the European Commission to increase REACH compliance that will be published early next week.

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