ECHA releases new chemical classification and labelling database


Contains information on notified and registered chemical substances

Cleanroom managers can consult a new European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) revised chemical database containing classification and labelling information on notified and registered chemical substances received from manufacturers and importers.

Under the European Union’s (EU) REACH chemical control system, ECHA receives a comprehensive flow of information about most chemicals and the new database will improve how ECHA makes this information available for users such as cleanrooms, as well as manufacturers and suppliers. For instance, the database will include information about where a data supplier says an impurity or additive is present. Researchers can differentiate between differently hydrated forms of the same substance.

Publicly available IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) names for substances will be linked to chemicals as notified by data providers. Information on the impact of chemicals on organs, other specific health effects and exposure routes are also noted.

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'ECHA aims to further enhance the user-friendliness and readability of the database,' said the Agency.