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  • Role: ECHA protects health and the environment through its work for chemical safety
  • Director: Sharon McGuinness
  • Established in: 2007
  • Number of staff: about 600
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
  • WebsiteECHA

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) works for the safe use of chemicals. It implements the EU's groundbreaking chemicals legislation, benefiting human health, the environment and innovation and competitiveness in Europe.

What it does

Who benefits

  • Members of the public and the environment are less exposed to hazardous chemicals and benefit from safer products. Consumers can ask about hazardous chemicals in the products they buy.
  • Workers and other users of chemicals benefit from improved information about the hazards of chemicals they handle, and how to use them safely.
  • Industry is helped to comply with legislation. Innovative companies can take advantage of the need to phase out the most hazardous substances.
  • Developing countries receive information on how to handle hazardous chemicals safely.

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European Chemicals Agency

Mailing address  P.O.Box 400

                             00121 Helsinki


European Chemicals Agency
Phone number
+358 9 6861 80
Fax number
+358 9 6861 8210
Postal address

Telakkakatu 6
00150 Helsinki