In an article published on January 25, 2018, regulatory news provider Chemical Watch informed that the data working group of the European Parliament’s (EP) Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) held its first meeting on January 23, 2018. The working group has been formed by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to work towards ”greater format harmonization of safety data held by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA),” the EP’s press release stated. At the meeting, EFSA, ECHA, and EMA gave presentations on “the safety data available to them and their individual and collective efforts to make this information publicly accessible within their respective legal mandates.” Enhanced cooperation between the three agencies could i) reduce cost and bureaucracy, ii) promote non-animal testing methods, iii) increase public transparency, and iv) create a level playing field for industry, the MEPs discussed.

The working group will meet quarterly with the next meeting scheduled for early spring 2018.

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Chemical Watch (January 25, 2018). “ENVI launches EU safety data harmonization working group.

EP (January 24, 2018). “EU agencies data harmonization: ENVI working group launched.