ECHA Management Board supports the work of the Agency and the Executive Director

The European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) Management Board has concluded the evaluation procedure related to the prolongation of the mandate of Mr Geert Dancet as the Agency’s Executive Director. After the final discussion about the future tasks and challenges of the Agency, the Board unanimously decided that Mr Dancet is suitable for leading the Agency towards future objectives, and that pursuant to Article 84(2) of the REACH Regulation, his mandate as Executive Director shall be prolonged for another term in office of five years as of 1 January 2013. The prolongation procedure was initiated in September 2011 and an evaluation of the first mandate of the Executive Director was concluded in December 2011. Thomas Jakl, Chairman of the Management Board: “I am particularly pleased with the underlying evaluation process related to the prolongation decision taken with regard to the Executive Director’s mandate. This was much more than just an administrative procedure because it permitted the Board to discuss and agree with the Agency’s management about the future strategic aims of ECHA and how these should be implemented in the multi-annual work programme.” In addition, the Management Board adopted the ECHA General Report for 2011 and endorsed the draft multi-annual work programme 2013-2015 for public consultation. Both documents will be available shortly on the ECHA website. Further decisions taken at the meeting included the budget proposal for 2013 to the Commission, the adoption of a Code of Conduct of the Management Board and a strategic decision regarding the future approach towards verification of the SME status of registrants. Further information regarding the meeting will be available soon and published on ECHA’s website.

European Chemicals Agency, 23 March 2012 ; ;