Between 29th and 31st January 2008, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA)’s Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) met for the first time. This first meeting started the work towards assessing the risk of chemicals and their risk management measures.
The Committee for Risk Assessment will assess the risk of chemicals to human health and/or the environment arising from the uses of substances for which authorisation is being sought. It will also be responsible for evaluation whether the restrictions proposed by a Member State for a substance are appropriate. Moreover it will evaluate proposals for harmonised classification and labelling of substances as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction, or as respiratory sensitizers.
At its first meeting, members primarily discussed operating rules and functioning of the Committee. Relations with similar scientific committees within the EU, such as European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Medicines Agency (EMEA), were also addressed.
It will meet 5 times in 2008: January, March, September and November. Its members are nominated by Member States.
To read ECHA’s press release on the Committee for Risk Assessment, please click here
Written on 7 February 2008.