The European regulatory authority ECHA released its 3-yearly regulatory science strategy setting out its aims for priority areas, to aid scientific cooperation and consensus, communicate R&D needs and ultimately help improve risk assessment methods. It wishes to act as a hub for regulatory science by organising topical workshops, participating in the academic community and influencing R&D. Interaction with regulatory partners is also recognised as a part of ECHA’s role. Aside from the key EU agencies, it cooperates with the US EPA, Environment Canada, Australia’s National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) and Japanese authorities.
ECHA publishes regulatory science strategy