Risk Communication Network
The Risk Communication Network (RCN) was launched by ECHA's Executive Director in autumn 2008 and brings together representatives of the MSCAs involved, at a national level, in communication to the general public on the safe use of chemicals and the risks of substances.
The network serves as a platform for the Agency to conduct its legal mandate under the REACH Regulation to provide guidance in this regard, with a view to coordinating Member States in these activities. In comparison to the other two networks of the Agency, in particular to the HelpNet, the RCN has defined itself as "semi-active", thus designing its activities to take into account the limited resources that national authorities are able to dedicate beyond their domestic actions to this field of work.
The network provides an instrumental arena for the exchange of experience and best practice in this specific field of communication, acquaints national representatives with academic research and operational practices on this subject, and raises awareness on the various prerequisites for such communication, such as the need for public authorities to gain the trust of their societies already through their routine communication on their day-to-day activities.
In line with its objective of providing the platform to elaborate practical steps on risk communication, without seeking harmonisation beyond the coordination-focused guidance foreseen by the provisions of REACH, the Risk Communication Network convenes its members for occasional plenary meetings as well as workshops to progressively advance its agenda, not only as a platform for the exchange of experience and attending presentations, but also for topical training events and other hands-on activities.