ECHA head commits to action on chemical law compliance

The European Chemicals Agency says it will increase efforts to ensure compliance with the EU's Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

The European Chemicals Agency will increase efforts to ensure compliance with the EU's Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), executive director Bjorn Hansen said after facing pointed criticism from MEPs on Thursday.

Addressing the European Parliament's environment committee, Hansen outlined his agency's main strategic priorities, before MEPs demanded a specific response to findings by German regulators that safety data is missing for almost a third of chemicals used in high volumes in Europe.

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