Risk Assessment Reports

 In the EU, chemicals were regulated by a number of different regulations and directives. The Council Regulation (EEC) No 793/93 of 1993, also known as the Existing Substances Regulation (ESR), was one of these. It introduced a comprehensive framework for the evaluation and control of "existing substances", i.e. substances on the market before 1982. The EU Commission, in consultation with the Member States, draw up lists of priority substances which required immediate attention because of their potential effects to human health or the environment. Between 1994 and 2007 (the entry into force of the successor regulation REACH), four such priority lists were published, with a total of 141 substances. ECSA was actively involved in risk assessments of chlorinated solvents by gathering data on the intrinsic properties, use and exposure of the substance, assessing the risk and ascertaining whether the risk is acceptable or not, and, where necessary, implementing reduction measures to minimise risk.

Information from the Existing Substances Regulation (ESR) is now found on the ESR website of ECHA, providing the EU Risk Assessment Reports (RARs) on Trichloroethylene (2004), Tetrachloroethylene (2005) and Chloroform (2007).

Last update: 02/2018