OECD Improves Website on Industrial Chemicals

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PARIS--The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Dec. 6 announced it had revamped its eChemPortal website on industrial chemicals to give improved access to a wider range of information. Launched in 2007, the eChemPortal allows users to simultaneously search multiple databases. OECD said governments use the free site to find information on chemical identity and hazards and also to define national priorities. The updated site allows users to do searches based on certain properties or effects, such as physical chemical properties, environmental fate and behavior, ecotoxicity, and toxicity, the organization said. The portal was developed with financial assistance from the European Chemicals Agency, governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the chemical industry, OECD said. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's environmental chemical database was added to the site in August (33 INER 817, 8/18/10). The site is available at http://www.oecd.org/ehs/echemportal/.