The visit took place on 3-4 April. The delegation consisted of MEP Martin Hojsik from the Renew group, MEP César Luena from S&D and MEP Maria Spyraki, from EPP, who has a background in chemistry, and will host the EuChemS workshop on Phosphorous, to be held in the European Parliament on 25 May.
ECHA welcomed the MEPs, and expressed appreciation for engagement between the Agency and the Parliament, which, according to the authority, aims to advocate cooperation between science and public policy. The agenda, according to ENVI committee press, focused on the ongoing work to update CLP as well as on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation’s revision – which, earlier this year, proved to be a rather urgent, and controversial topic. Bans on Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), which garnered significant public attention since the release of recent concerning reports of PFAS pollution in Europe, were also discussed as well as promoting alternative methods of testing.
ECHA is an European Union agency. Its key job is to manage the technical aspects of European chemical regulations. EuChemS is a registered stakeholder of ECHA, and it promotes participation in ECHA’s consultations, to strengthen the link between scientists and legislation.