How to become an accredited stakeholder

If you represent your field of competence at EU level and are interested in closer cooperation with us, you are welcome to apply to become an accredited stakeholder organisation.

To be eligible, your organisation needs to fulfil the following criteria:

  • It is legally established within the EU/EEA and has activities at an EU level.
  • It has a legitimate interest in ECHA's areas of work.
  • It is representative in the field of its competence.
  • It is non-profit making and does not exclusively represent individual companies.
  • It is registered in the Transparency Register maintained by the EU. (This criterion only applies if your organisation wishes to participate as an observer in the Committee and Forum meetings of ECHA.)

A document further explaining the meaning and requirements for each of the eligibility criteria is available at the right of the page.

How to apply?

Provide all requested information including the contact persons for different activities within your organisation and areas you find interesting for future cooperation. Please provide full  information – it helps us to assess your organisation against the criteria more quickly and efficiently and it also helps us to get off to an effective collaboration from the start.

To attend the Committee and Forum meetings, your organisation needs to be registered in the Transparency Register, maintained by the EU. Registration is free of charge. This requirement does not apply for you to participate in the work of our networks (Partner Expert Groups, HelpNet) or other stakeholder initiatives.

When can I apply?

You can submit your application at any time. We assess the applications on a monthly basis and you should receive a letter informing about the outcome of the assessment within three months from submitting your application and supporting documents.

How are the applications assessed?

The assessment verifies that the organisation meets all the eligibility criteria. It is based on the information provided by the applicant in the application form and in the document certifying the legal status of the organisation, for example, the founding document and statutes. The organisation's website may also be consulted during the assessment.

The assessment process has four phases:

  1. The desk officer at ECHA makes an assessment based on the information provided by the applicant. If the information is unclear, the desk officer may refer to the applicant's website or contact the applicant to ask for clarification.
  2. Our Director of Cooperation verifies the assessment and, if needed, asks for further information or reassessment.
  3. ECHA's Directors may be consulted for unclear cases.
  4. The Director of Cooperation formally approves the application and informs ECHA's Management Board of the new accredited stakeholders.