30-May-2013 - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)

ECHA publishes its first five-year strategic plan for public consultation

ECHA's new Multi-Annual Work Programme (MAWP) 2014-2018 is ECHA's first five-year strategic plan built around four strategic objectives that set out a high level, aspirational approach to achieving a broad and long-term perspective on the safe use of chemicals in Europe.

The key drivers prioritised by the ECHA Management Board are: improving the quality of information on chemicals, making best use of that information for risk management and control, addressing scientific challenges and finally efficient and effective working on the old as well as new tasks coming from the Biocidal Products and PIC Regulations.

The involvement of the public in matters related to ECHA's activities is an integral part of the success of the Agency. The effective implementation of the REACH, CLP, Biocidal Products and PIC Regulations requires the collaboration of many players. It depends upon companies, ECHA's institutional partners at the EU level, Member States and key stakeholders playing their parts. By commenting on the ECHA draft Multi-Annual Work Programme for 2014 -2018, the public can help the Agency to be engaged more directly and widely with its audiences in the development of more citizen-centered actions and deliveries.

Individuals, civil society and industry organisations are invited to provide their comments from their area of interest and expertise. ECHA is looking forward to receiving comments by 15 July 2013 and will take them into account when finalising the MAWP. The draft programme is available in 23 EU languages.

The Agency's Management Board will be asked to adopt the final version at its meeting in September 2013.

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