eChemPortal: The Global Portal to Information on Chemical Substances
By IISD's SDG Knowledge Hub, August 10, 2020
The eChemPortal provides access to scientific information on chemical substances of regulatory relevance. It includes over 800,000 substance records from over 34 databases. The online portal allows countries and companies to share work and ensure resource efficiencies. One outcome is that this information sharing leads to reduced animal testing.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is responsible for the development and maintenance of eChemPortal. The eChemPortal is hosted by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Owners of Internet-accessible databases containing peer-reviewed information on physical-chemical properties, environmental fate and pathways, ecotoxicity or toxicity of chemicals, as well as their use and exposure, are invited to participate in eChemPortal. Data sources accessed through eChemPortal are maintained by and remain the responsibility of the organisations that create them.
During a webinar on 16 September, Gerlinde Knetch (Germany) and Jake Sanderson (Canada) will share their experiences in improving chemical safety and will discuss how the eChemPortal supported this process.