Access to documents

ECHA provides access to many key documents relating to the Agency and to REACH processes on its website.

Access to documents is governed by the following rules and legislative provisions:

  • Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and the Council regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents

This Regulation lays down the general principles and limits on such access in accordance with Article 255(2) of the EC Treaty and has been made applicable to documents held by ECHA – Art. 118(1) of the REACH Regulation.


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Please note that a request to access to documents may fall under the exceptions provided for in Articles 4 and 9 of Regulation 1049/2001.

In order to process requests for access to documents certain personal data needs to be provided to the Agency. Your data will be processed in accordance with ECHA’s privacy rules and in line with Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data.

The form, address or fax number indicated below should also be used for requests for access to environmental information held by ECHA under Regulation (EC) No 1367/2006. This regulation refers to the application of the provisions of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters to Community institutions and bodies.

Requests for documents may be submitted:

  • by filling out a document request form
  • by ordinary mail to:
    European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
    P.O. Box 400
    FI-00121 Helsinki Finland
  • by fax: + 358 9 6861 8940

In order to enable us to process your request, please state your surname, forename, address, town and postcode, country, and telephone number.

 Third-party authors' consultations

Sometimes, applications for access to documents can request the disclosure of third-party documents that the ECHA is in possession of. In this event, ECHA has to consult the authors or owners of these documents as to whether the disclosure would undermine their commercial interests or intellectual property. This web-form enables the secure exchange of confidential documents to ECHA within this process.

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