Reach data sharing guidance emerges

Manufacturers and importers get advice on dividing costs, avoiding confidentiality leaks during registration

The European chemicals agency has set out how manufacturers and importers should share the costs of gathering substance information under the EU's new Reach chemicals policy. In guidelines issued at the end of last month the agency suggests methods for calculating payments to firms for their contributions to the data collection process.

The "guidance on data sharing" responds to the Reach requirement on chemicals firms to share animal test data and jointly submit certain substance information in the scheme's registration phase. The process will be coordinated through mandatory substance information exchange forums (Siefs) to be set up early in 2009.

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