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Japanese Government organisations sign Statement of Intent to enhance cooperation with ECHA

To operationalise the shared commitment to improve chemical safety, ECHA and the Japanese organisations [Japanese Ministry for Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) and the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE)] have signed a Statement of Intent to enhance cooperation. The aim is to strengthen the scientific dialogue between the European Union and Japan and to increase cooperation on technical matters and other issues of common interest including the hazards and emerging risks of chemical substances, risk management tools, scientific collaboration and information exchange.

One of the anticipated areas of collaboration will be an exchange of knowledge and experience on integrated approaches to testing and assessment, e.g. combining results from QSAR and other alternative methods. The Statement of Intent will also promote the exchange of non-confidential information on hazards, uses and substance identification between ECHA and the Japanese regulatory authorities.

As part of the preparatory work towards this international collaboration, The REACH Centre and JEMAI (Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry) conducted a survey on the impact of REACH on the European industry on behalf of METI. This activity, concluded in May 2011 included numerous interviews of National Competent Authorities and Manufacturers/Importers/Downstream Users based in different EU countries.

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Published: Thursday 8th September 2011