ECHA Announces Strategic Plan for Chemical Information in Europe

Before ECHA’s current multi-annual work program ended in 2018 — the same year which marked the third registration deadline under REACH — ECHA worked closely with its partners and stakeholders to define future strategy. The result was the adoption of ECHA’s Multi-Annual Strategy for 2019-2023, which defines ECHA’s priorities and implementation plans, during the December Management Board meeting.

Sharon McGuinness, the Chair of the Management Board, states that “This strategy goes a long way in preparing ECHA for the next five years but also for the long-term future – with many challenges ahead such as the new Financial Framework of the EU and the UK withdrawal from the Union. We are entering a period where ECHA will play a key role in implementing the recommendations of the Commission’s REACH Refit evaluation, as well as take on new tasks. It is very important to have clarity on our mission and have the right priorities in place, so that all our stakeholders can rely on them.”

The new strategy identifies three strategic priorities:

  1. Identification and risk management of substances of concern.
  2. Safe and sustainable use of chemicals by industry.
  3. Sustainable management of chemicals through the implementation of EU legislation.

Bjorn Hansen, ECHA’s Executive Director, states the following: “Our new strategic priorities lead us to making the best use of our unique source of information on chemicals in Europe and to focus our efforts where we can provide the most impact. This also means an increased focus on ensuring compliance with EU chemicals legislation. We have the right competences to respond to challenges. We aim to become more efficient in the next five years, which will also be supported by the new organisational set-up of ECHA, to be effective from January onwards.”

A PDF of the 2019-2023 strategic plan is available at:

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