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REACH and CLP terminology in 22 EU languages available now online

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A test version of a multilingual terminology database provides the main REACH and CLP terms in 22 EU languages, including the CLP pictograms, hazard and precautionary statements. The database is now online, free of charge.

Helsinki, 5 April 2011 - The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched a terminology project in 2009 to improve the quality of the translations of its documents and to provide companies with a multilingual terminology tool to facilitate communication in the supply chain.

The database is now available for final testing. Users can provide feedback by carrying out simple exercises and reporting their experiences between 5 to 13 April. Two User Groups, consisting of the representatives from the Member States Competent Authorities, industry, ECHA, EU bodies and translators, have already tested previous versions last year and found it very useful in their work.

The database can be used by companies to help in the preparation of safety data sheets in multiple languages.

The database offers:

  • Around 900 REACH and CLP terms, phrases and definitions
  • Pictograms for 9 CLP hazard classes
  • 6 substances of very high concern (as a test)
  • Alphabetical index containing all entries
  • Search preferences with the possibility to customize the interface
  • Help section
  • Possibilities for registered users to download the terminology, comment on entries and receive news on the database updates

ECHA's terminology database can be used free of charge. The registration is required only for the users who would like to download or comment the data. The database is managed for ECHA by the Translation Centre for the Bodies of the EU (CdT) in Luxembourg.



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