EASA and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) concluded on 13 December 2017 a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between the two Agencies to provide a framework for their cooperation. Until now the cooperation was on an informal basis. It allows setting up working arrangements, exchange of information including confidentiality arrangements and foresees mutual consultation in areas of common interest. This MoC emphasizes the importance of good cooperation that both ECHA and EASA see in order to promote aviation safety and citizen’s health.
The REACH regulation managed by ECHA aims to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. It potentially affects the availability of substances that are critical for the aviation industry and for which it is difficult to find suitable alternatives.