- We are on our way!
- Lead Registrant Workshop welcomes new and old lead registrants to Helsinki to share best practice
- Get your data sharing activities ready and be aware of your rights and obligations
- Executive Director Dancet in Rome: Supporting SMEs at a national level
- REACH conference in France: Setting up actions to ease the way for the 2013 milestone
- Shared learnings on Exposure Scenarios
- Regulatory definition of nanomaterials: Bringing clarity to the regulator and the registrants
- ECHA publishes a report on the experiences of successful REACH registrants
- Industry feedback received for the QSAR Toolbox
- ECHA to start a graduate scheme in the field of EU chemical policies
- ECHA Board adopts budget and revised work plan for 2012
- Member State Competent Authority Directors discussed the work load for 2012-2015
- ECHA organises the Meeting of the Heads of EU Agencies in Helsinki
- Evaluation process: Safeguarding the scientific quality of registration information
- ECHA's corporate identity: Towards a more open, accessible and efficient ECHA
- Stakeholders contribute to setting future priorities
- IUPAC aspires to work with industry beyond the International Year of Chemistry
- Professor Hélène Langevin-Joliot: "People have both the right and the duty to seek information and learn about chemicals"
- Kaihsu Tai from the Young Leaders Team: "Cross-sector collaboration and public awareness are the way forward"
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Päivi Jokiniemi and Paul Trouth
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ECHA's corporate identity: Towards a more open, accessible and efficient ECHA
ECHA launched its new website on 15 December. The new website is the first externally visible element of our revised corporate identity that helps us to better respond to the expectations of our stakeholders in all of our activities.
During 2010, ECHA made a number of enquiries from different stakeholder groups and our staff, which have given us an understanding of our reputation both inside and outside the Agency. Each of these gave valuable insight into ECHA's reputation and how the Agency needs to work in future to meet its objectives. The enquiries showed that although stakeholders and staff appreciate our efforts, there are a number of areas where our communication and approach to external and internal stakeholders could be improved.
On the basis of this feedback, a corporate identity project was initiated and the mission, vision and values of ECHA have been reviewed and amended. They are not radically different from the original ones, but intend to bring clarity to what the main elements are. We have also clearly identified our four key services: helping compliance with the chemicals legislation; advancing the safe use of chemicals; providing information on chemicals and addressing chemicals of concern.
We are now implementing our corporate identity by embedding the new values in all of our services and activities. This will not happen over night and requires perseverance. The main objective is to make sure that the services we deliver and the way we communicate really reflect our values and correspond to the needs of our different target audiences.
New logo and visuals promote recognition and ensure coherency
ECHA's new visual identity that has been introduced as part of the corporate identity process reflects upon the key pillars of the corporate identity and signals our five core values: transparent, independent, trustworthy, efficient and committed to wellbeing. The new logo and corporate colours are the outcome of extensive consultation with the management and staff to come up with a modern look that promotes public recognition of the Agency and our contribution to the safe management of chemicals in Europe. Having more coherent and consistent visuals in all of ECHA's communications also helps our stakeholders in identifying our messages.
New ECHA website - not just a 'change of clothes'
Our new website has been designed with the needs of the stakeholders and public in mind, offering a clear content structure, improved navigation and search functionality, and providing better access to information on chemicals. The new site features a modern and intuitive design that showcases ECHA's new visual identity.
An important feature of the new site is the search for chemicals: you can enter the name of a substance in a single search field and find out all the lists and databases where the given substance is included; every user can check if a substance is in the Candidate List, part of an ongoing public consultation or if there is any documentation associated to it.
The new organisation of the pages allows you to easily find your way through the website. For example, a newly designed support section works as an entry point for all Guidance documents, manuals, webinars and training material.
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All the documents are now collected in a document library, where they can be easily searched and browsed.
We are focused on keeping the website constantly updated, and recommend you to frequently visit it. The front page works as a hub throughout the website, including the most relevant news, press releases as well as information on the status of the latest public consultations, Guidance publications and general web updates. We are doing our best to provide you with a website translated in the official 22 EU languages.
We are now launching the first version, but the ECHA website will constantly be developed and updated, with many improvements around the corner. The site is not a static, fixed entity but an evolving, growing communication tool.
We invite our readers to go and explore the site.
Get familiar with it and find the relevant content for you - and send us feedback via the ECHA Information Desk.
ECHA is the driving force among regulatory authorities in implementing the EU's groundbreaking chemicals legislation for the benefit of human health and the environment as well as for innovation and competitiveness. ECHA helps companies to comply with the legislation, advances the safe use of chemicals, provides information on chemicals and addresses chemicals of concern.
ECHA's vision – what we want to become
ECHA aspires to become the world's leading regulatory authority on the safety of chemicals.
ECHA's values - how we work and behave
Transparent: We are open and transparent in our actions and decision-making. We are easy to understand and to approach.
Independent: We are independent from all external interests and impartial in our decision making. We consult members of the public openly before taking many of our decisions.
Trustworthy: Our decisions are science based, consistent and impartial. Accountability and the security of confidential information are cornerstones of all our actions.
Efficient: We are goal-oriented, committed and we always seek to use resources wisely. We apply high quality standards and respect deadlines.
Committed to well-being: We stimulate the safe and sustainable use of chemicals to improve the quality of life of all citizens in Europe and the environment.
Text by Hanna-Kaisa Torkkeli
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