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European Ombudsman

European Ombudsman

This table contains inquiries by the European Ombudsman concerning ECHA, both related to complaints as well as own-initiative inquiries, which have a broader scope. It shows only closed cases and does not include individual cases related to specific recruitment and selection procedures.

The relevant cases have been classified into four categories:

  1. Access to documents and dissemination: cases related to requests for access to documents and the dissemination of information;
  2. Administration: cases related to administrative matters;
  3. Animal testing: cases related to the avoidance of animal testing;
  4. ECHA’s scientific decisions: cases relating scientific decisions;
  5. Own-initiative inquiries: cases related to own-initiative inquiries by the European Ombudsman.
  6. Procedures: cases related to procedural matters.


Case number Parties Keywords Main Legal Provisions Date of the decision
2186/2012/FOR British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) v ECHA Request for public access to documents Art. 23 ECGAB
Art. 4 Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 
2469/2011/VL Company operating in the chemical industry v ECHA  Dissemination of information under REACH Art. 4 ECGAB;
Art. 10, 77(2), 119 REACH 
1826/2010/VL Company acting in the interest of its subsidiaries which operate in the chemical industry v ECHA Dissemination of information under REACH, Request for public access to documents Art. 4 ECGAB; Art. 4 Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001;
Art. 10(a)(x), 77(2)(e), 119(1) REACH 

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