Helsinki -ECHA , the European Chemicals Agency, based in Helsinki, is to invite stakeholders to observe its committee meetings.
The member state committee decided at its 24-25 June meeting to invite observers from 15 stakeholder organisations - 6 industry/trade organisations, 6 organisations representing consumers, workers, environmental, animal welfare and health interests and 2 scientific associations - to its future meetings. This decision follows the ECHA policy on involvement of stakeholders and the open call for expression of interest published in March 2008.
The committee will also invite the OECD Secretariat as an observer. Invitations to the selected organisations to nominate representatives will be sent out soon, said ECHA. As well as observing, these representatives will be able to provide their specific scientific and technical expertise and knowledge to the work of the committee, ECHA added.
ECHA also pointed out that one of its pressing concerns for its October meeting is to find agreement on proposals for the candidate list of substances of very high concern, which will need authorisation. Sixteen dossiers have been submitted to ECHA by the EU nember states and Norway, and the proposals will soon be made available for the first public consultation, the agency said.
Also on the agenda will be the first proposals for decisions on testing requirements of substances and compliance checks of registrations. (LW)