ECHA Looks Ahead To 2018 REACH Deadline With Draft Five-Year Plan
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
The European Chemicals Agency has four key objectives under its draft five-year plan, including “maximizing the availability of high-quality information” under European Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals law. Released May 28, the plan is the first of its kind, outlining the agency’s goals leading up to the final REACH deadline in 2018.
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