Legal Notice

The European Chemicals Agency (hereinafter “ECHA”) maintains this website (hereinafter the "ECHA website") to enhance public access to information about its activities, and to fulfil its obligations under the legislative acts falling under its mandate.

ECHA's goal is to keep this information and material timely and accurate, as far as reasonably possible. The information is not necessarily comprehensive, complete, accurate or up-to-date. If errors are brought to its attention, ECHA will try to correct them as soon as possible.

Consultation or use of the ECHA website involves the full acceptance of the terms and conditions set out below. These terms and conditions are without prejudice to the dedicated terms and conditions applicable to IT tools hosted on the ECHA website, including, by way of example, REACH IT.

 

1. Disclaimer

ECHA accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever arising out of, or in connection with, the use of the ECHA website.

The information that ECHA provides is largely of a general nature and is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity; and the information is not provided as professional or legal advice.

Without prejudice to the first paragraph of Section 3 to this Legal Notice, the information, documents, data and databases made available on the ECHA website, including that provided by third parties, are provided “as is” and without any warranty of any kind, either express, implied, or arising by statute, custom, course of dealing, or trade usage.

ECHA cannot and does not guarantee that a document available on the ECHA website reproduces an officially adopted text precisely. In case of disagreement, the text of the Official Journal or, when applicable, the information referred to in Section 3 below shall always prevail.

In all instances, it is ECHA’s goal to minimise disruption in the use of the ECHA website caused by technical errors. However, some data or information on the ECHA website may have been created or structured in files or formats that are not error-free. ECHA, therefore, cannot and does not guarantee that its service will not be interrupted or otherwise affected by such problems. ECHA accepts no responsibility with regard to such problems (e.g., failure of performance, computer virus, alteration of content) incurred as a result of using the ECHA website or any linked external sites.

Except in cases of fraud or willful intent, ECHA shall not be held liable (whether in contract, or otherwise) for any direct, special, indirect, incidental, punitive, exemplary, or consequential damages (including, but not limited to, loss of time, revenues, profits, clients, data), for a decision made or action taken by any party in reliance upon the documents, information and data made available on the ECHA website, for any interruption of any data, information, or any other aspect of the ECHA website or for any fraudulent use of the ECHA website by any third party. If liability may not be excluded by law, it is limited to actual and direct financial loss to the extent it is not caused by proved negligence on the part of the party using the ECHA website, which may be either on its own behalf or on the behalf of another party and includes, but is not limited to, the purpose of consultation (hereinafter “User”).

This disclaimer applies to the largest extent permitted under the applicable law. However, nothing in this disclaimer is intended to limit the liability of ECHA in any way or to any extent that contravenes any binding requirements laid down in applicable national law nor to exclude the liability of ECHA regarding matters in relation to which liability may not be excluded under that law.

 

2. Limited use of the ECHA website

The User shall not use the ECHA website for any reason or purpose which is unlawful, defamatory, harmful, offensive or objectionable in any way nor shall the User transmit to, from or via the ECHA website, or post on the ECHA website any material which could be unlawful, harmful, defamatory, offensive or objectionable in any way whatsoever.

 

3. Information published on the ECHA website

In addition to the publication of general information related to its operational activities, ECHA publishes the authentic versions of the following lists and information on the ECHA website:

  • The Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). Pursuant to Article 59(10) of the REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH Regulation), ECHA is required to publish and update the Candidate List of SVHC on the ECHA website. This Candidate List is deemed to be the only authentic version.
  • The Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 (BPR) list of relevant substances and suppliers. Pursuant to Article 95(1) and Article 95(7) of the BPR, ECHA is required to publish and update the list of relevant substances and suppliers on the ECHA website. This list is deemed to be the only authentic version.
  • The Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP). Pursuant to Article 44(2) of the REACH Regulation, ECHA is required to publish and update the CoRAP list on the ECHA website. This list is deemed to be the only authentic version.
  • Certain other information, such as, but not limited to, individual regulatory decisions and decisions of ECHA’s Management Board (http://echa.europa.eu/about-us/the-way-we-work/procedures-and-policies/transparency).
The User is reminded that pursuant to Article 10 of the REACH Regulation, the robust study summaries and study summaries that are made publicly available on the ECHA website may only be used for the purpose of registration where the potential registrant is in legitimate possession of the corresponding full study reports or has permission to refer to the corresponding full study reports.

CAS Information contained in the ECHA website is the property of the American Chemical Society and any use or redistribution, except as required to fulfil regulatory requirements and/or to produce reports required by national law or administrative policy, is not permitted without the prior written permission of the American Chemical Society.

 

4. Linking policy

4.1. Links from the ECHA website to external websites

ECHA provides links to many European institutions, bodies and agencies as well as to other third party websites that are relevant to its work. The User should be aware of the following:

  • If the User accesses another website through a link ECHA provides, the User is subject to the terms of use and the privacy policy of that website.
  • ECHA does not endorse, or accept any responsibility for the contents or use of these third party websites.

If one of the links provided on the ECHA website is not working, the User may notify ECHA and ECHA will rectify the situation.

4.2. Links from external websites to the ECHA website

ECHA permits and encourages organisations and individuals to create links to the ECHA website under the following cumulative conditions:

  • Links can only be made to webpages that provide a link to this Legal Notice (http://echa.europa.eu/web/guest/legal-notice);
  • Any link to the ECHA website made on another website should not confuse users of that other website as to the source of the content of the ECHA website. ECHA shall be fully acknowledged as the source as provided under this Legal Notice;
  • When the ECHA website is accessed via an external link, it shall be clear to users that they are viewing information that is free of charge and not exclusive;
  • Links should not create the impression that ECHA endorses or supports the objectives or contents of any product or service, or of any scientific or administrative output of the information or text in the context of which a link is published;
  • If links are made from a frames-based website, the contents from the ECHA website shall not be framed on that website in a way that might mislead users as to the origin of the contents. In such cases, it must also be indicated that the ECHA website is subject to this Legal Notice (http://echa.europa.eu/web/guest/legal-notice).

 

5. Accreditations

ECHA does not accredit or endorse companies.

 

6. Intellectual Property Rights Notice

© European Chemicals Agency, 2007-2017.

Some of the information on the ECHA website is subject to intellectual property rights of third parties (see in particular Section 6.3., Section 6.4. and Section 7. below).

6.1. Use of the information, documents and data from the ECHA website

Subject to the terms and conditions of this Legal Notice, and subject to other binding limitations provided for under applicable law, the information, documents and data made available on the ECHA website may be reproduced, distributed and/or used, totally or in part, for non-commercial purposes provided that ECHA is acknowledged as the source: "Source: European Chemicals Agency, http://echa.europa.eu/". Such acknowledgement must be included in each copy of the material.

As a general rule, any reproduction, distribution, translation, adaptation, arrangement, alteration and/or any other use of information, documents and data from the ECHA website carried out in the course of a commercial activity shall require prior written permission from ECHA. All requests shall be submitted to ECHA through the information request forms on ECHA’s contact page.

In addition to the above, specific terms and conditions for other uses of materials protected by ECHA’s intellectual property rights or otherwise may also apply.

6.2. ECHA's trademarks

ECHA’s trademarks are its exclusive property. Their use is prohibited without ECHA’s prior written permission. Requests shall be submitted to ECHA through the information request forms on ECHA’s contact page.

6.3. Third parties protected materials

The permission mentioned under Section 6.1. does not apply to content provided by third parties, where relevant. Therefore, for material where intellectual property rights are vested in a third party, the User must obtain the necessary permission for reproduction, distribution or any other use from the rightholder. ECHA is not in a position to allow or deny reproduction, distribution or use of third party materials.

In addition to the application of Section 6.5., the reproduction, distribution or further use of information, documents and data contained in the ECHA website and/or in the ECHA’s databases may be subject to protection under intellectual property rights, and their utilisation without obtaining the prior permission from the rightholders(s) of the respective information, documents and data might violate the rights of the rightholder(s). ECHA does not accept any responsibility whatsoever, and shall not be held liable, for any copyright or other infringements related to information, documents and data made available via the ECHA website.

6.4. ECHA's databases

ECHA holds exclusive rights in relation to the use, the reproduction and the making available to the public of the whole or a substantial part of the databases made available on the ECHA website (a database is to be construed as a collection of independent works, data or other materials arranged in a systematic or methodical way and individually accessible by electronic or other means). The content of the databases may also be subject to pre-existing rights of third parties (see Sections 6.3. and 7.).

The replication, in whole or in substantial part, of the ECHA databases is prohibited, unless ECHA’s prior written permission is given. All requests shall be submitted to ECHA through the information request forms on ECHA’s contact page.

6.5. Download of materials

Certain materials may be made available for download from the ECHA website such as lists, search results, committee opinions, ECHA decisions, Info Cards and Brief Profiles. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Legal Notice, and in particular Section 6.1., ECHA grants the User permission to download and copy such materials, provided that:

  • ECHA is acknowledged as the source: "Source: European Chemicals Agency, http://echa.europa.eu/". Such acknowledgement appearing on the originals must be included in each copy of the material;
  • The User does not do anything that would harm the integrity of the materials in any way; and
  • The User does not replicate databases of the downloadable materials, unless written permission is given (see Section 6.4.).
  • Without limiting any other right or remedy available to ECHA, the permission herein granted shall automatically terminate in the event the User breaches any of the terms of this Legal Notice and, in such event, the User must destroy immediately all downloaded materials in its possession.

 

7. Third Parties protected materials (other than by intellectual property rights)

In addition to Sections 6.3. and 6.4., third parties materials made available on the ECHA website may be protected by rights other than intellectual property rights, e.g., certain information under Article 10 of the REACH Regulation. Therefore, for materials where other rights are vested in a third party, the User must obtain the necessary permission for reproduction, distribution or any other use from the rightholder.

ECHA is not in a position to allow or deny reproduction, distribution or use of third party materials. ECHA does not accept any responsibility whatsoever, and shall not be held liable, for any violation of any such kind of rights related to information, documents and data made available via the ECHA website.

 

8. Personal data protection

ECHA is committed to the User's privacy. Without prejudice to cookies (see Section 11 below), the User can browse the ECHA website without giving away any personal information. However, in some cases, personal details are required in order for ECHA to be able to provide personal e-services, for instance helpdesk support, public consultations or software applications, in which case specific terms of use shall apply.

For ECHA’s personal data protection policy and more information on personal data protection, the User shall refer to ECHA’s webpage on personal data protection (http://echa.europa.eu/about-us/the-way-we-work/personal-data-protection).

For any general enquiry relating to the overall privacy policy of the ECHA website, the User may contact ECHA via the information request forms on ECHA’s contact page.

 

9. Systematic data collection

Systematic automated data collection activities (including scraping, data mining, and extraction and re-utilisation) of the whole or a substantial part of the ECHA website and the ECHA databases are prohibited.

 

10. Miscellaneous

10.1. Breach of the terms and conditions of the Legal Notice

Failure to comply with the terms and conditions of this Legal Notice may have consequences for the User, including, but by no means limited to, the User being prohibited from accessing the ECHA website and databases by blocking the User's IP address.

Any User may also be held liable for any damage to the ECHA website or for any damage resulting directly or indirectly from the impairment of the availability or accessibility of the ECHA website caused by the User’s actions.

10.2. Applicable law, and dispute settlement

The terms and conditions of this Legal Notice are governed by Union law, complemented, where necessary, by the laws of Finland. Any dispute, which cannot be settled amicably, shall be brought before the courts of Finland.

 

11. Cookies on the ECHA website

To ensure that the ECHA website functions properly, ECHA sometimes places small data files called cookies on the User's device.

11.1. What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that is saved on the User's computer or mobile device when visiting the ECHA website. It enables the ECHA website to remember the User's actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so that the User does not have to continually re-enter such preferences upon returning to the ECHA website or while browsing from one page to another.

11.2. How does ECHA use cookies on the ECHA website?

A number of pages of the ECHA website use cookies to remember:

  • the User's display preferences, such as contrast colour settings or font size;
  • whether the User has already replied to a pop-up survey, asking whether the content was helpful or not (so that the User will not be asked again);
  • whether the User has agreed (or not) to ECHA's use of cookies on the ECHA website.
Further information regarding the cookies used by the ECHA website and the purpose behind their use is provided below:

 

Name Expiration Description
Session ID cookies End of session The purpose of the Session ID cookies is to uniquely identify a User associated to the session and to receive indications that the User actively uses the ECHA website. The cookie-related information is not used to identify the User personally.
Cookie Notification 1 month It stores the Users' acceptance on the use of cookies by the ECHA website. Cookie notification is presented in every page unless the User accepts it.
User preferences 1 year COOKIE_SUPPORT indicates the User's support for cookies. GUEST_LANGUAGE_ID indicates the User's language preferences.
Google Analytics cookies 2 years (to distinguish users and sessions) 10 minutes (to throttle request rate) The ECHA website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies. The information generated by the cookie about the User's use of the ECHA website (including the User's IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating the User's use of the ECHA website, compiling reports on the ECHA website activity for the ECHA website operators and providing other services relating to the ECHA website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate the User's IP address with any other data held by Google. The User may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on its browser. However, if a User does this it may not be able to use the full functionality of the ECHA website. By using the ECHA website, the User consents to the processing of data about it by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above. The User may refuse the use of cookies by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. The add-on communicates with the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js) to indicate that information about the ECHA website visit should not be sent to Google Analytics.
Internet Explorer Warning End of session ECHAIExplorerWarning stores the User's acceptance on the informative message presented when IE 7 is used. The message informs the User that not all features of the portal might work well with IE 7
Disclaimer 1 month Stores the User's acceptance on the legal disclaimer by clicking on the respective check box. Legal disclaimer is presented in Search for Chemicals page along with nearly all the search forms and "View Substance" portlets initialized by "Information on Chemicals" section
AddThis cookies 30 minutes to 2 years _atuvc (2 years): makes sure that the User sees the updated count if it shares a page.
_atuvs (30 minutes): used in cooperation with the __atuvc. Allows the User to share content via Social Networking websites and email. When ECHA provides links to third party services the User finds useful, they may place a cookie on its device to make their service easier to use.
bt2 (8 months): allows the User to share content via Social Networking websites and email. When ECHA provides links to third party services the User finds useful, they may place a cookie on the User's device to make their service easier to use.
di2 (2 years): allows the User to share content via Social Networking websites and email. When ECHA provides links to third party services the User finds useful, they may place a cookie on the User's device to make their service easier to use.
loc (2 years): allows the User to share content via Social Networking websites and email. When ECHA provides links to third party services the User finds useful, they may place a cookie on the User's device to make their service easier to use.
uid (2 years): allows the User to share content via Social Networking websites and email. When ECHA provides links to third party services the User finds useful, they may place a cookie on the User's device to make their service easier to use.
uvc (2 years): allows the User to share content via Social Networking websites and email. When ECHA provides links to third party services the User finds useful, they may place a cookie on the User's device to make their service easier to use.
vc (2 years): allows the User to share content via Social Networking websites and email. When ECHA provides links to third party services the User finds useful, they may place a cookie on the User's device to make their service easier to use.
 

Enabling these cookies is not strictly necessary for the ECHA website to work but it will provide the User with a better browsing experience. The User can delete or block these cookies, but if it does that some features of the ECHA website may not work as intended.

The cookie-related information is not used to identify the User personally and the pattern data is fully under ECHA's control. These cookies are not used for any purpose other than those described here.

11.3. How to control cookies

The User can control and/or delete cookies as it wishes - for details, see aboutcookies.org. The User can delete all cookies that are already on its computer and can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If the User does this, however, it may have to manually adjust some preferences every time it visits a site and some services and functionalities may not work.

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