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Environment: OECD improves access to information on effects of industrial chemicals

 

19/11/2010 – The OECD eChemPortal, which offers comprehensive information on chemical substances, has been updated to offer better access to a wider range of data.

 

The update still allows eChemPortal users to base data searches on chemical identity, and now also provides for new searches based on  certain properties or effects, such as physical chemical properties, environmental fate and behaviour, ecotoxicity and toxicity.

 

The eChemPortal – also known as the Global Portal to Information on Chemical Substances - was launched in 2007 to provide free access to information on industrial chemicals.  Governments use this information for hazard identification and to define national priorities. Users can simultaneously search for data contained in multiple databases.

 

The eChemPortal was established as part of the OECD’s wider Chemicals Programme. Since 1978, the program has been helping governments and industry find the most cost-effective way of assessing and managing the risks posed by chemicals. OECD efforts to manage work-sharing and harmonise chemical safety policies across its member countries save  government and industry more than EUR 150 million annually.

 

The eChemPortal is a key element of this work, and also meets countries’ stated plan to “facilitate public access to appropriate information and knowledge on chemicals.” Improving public access to chemical information was a key objective agreed by countries that participated in the  UN International Conference on Chemicals Management in Dubai in February 2006, and is part of their wider Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management.

 

eChemPortal was developed with the financial assistance of the European Chemicals Agency and has benefited from the contributions of governments, NGOs and the chemical industry.

 

eChemPortal can be accessed at: http://www.oecd.org/ehs/echemportal/. Additional questions can be addressed to Bob Diderich and Sally de Marcellus at eChemPortal@oecd.org in OECD’s Environment directorate or by (telephone: + 33 1 45 24 14 85; + 33 1 45 24 19 42).

 

 

 

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