In an article published on February 25, 2021, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) reported that the action of evaluating similar chemicals in groups has helped it to select substances more efficiently for assessment in the year 2020. ECHA checked 1 900 substances and conducted 271 compliance checks addressing 258 substances in 240 draft decisions. It adopted 18 substance evaluation decisions.

Bjorn Hansen, ECHA’s Executive Director, commented: “We have a responsibility towards Europe’s citizens to make sure that chemicals data is correct and up to date. By checking chemicals in groups, we continue our assessment at full speed.” 

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ECHA (February 25, 2021). “Evaluation activities sped up by assessing chemicals in groups.”