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ECHA is organising Chesar training events

14 February 2017

ECHA is organising Chesar training events. Currently the following two-day training events are foreseen:

-    22-23 February 2017 (Full)
-    06-07 April 2017

Depending on the training requests ECHA may organise additional training sessions.

In order to analyse training needs, we invite everybody interested in participating to complete the following survey by 20 March 2017: link to the survey.

Overall programme of the Chesar functionalities which will be covered during the training sessions:

  • Overview on the Chesar general principles and workflow
  • Interactions with IUCLID and scope of assessment
  • Use description (including use maps approach)
  • Chesar library: Conditions of use, SCEDs, SPERCs (SWEDs) and standard phrases
  • Environmental and Worker/Consumer assessment
  • Export to IUCLID and CSR generation  
  • ESs for Communication

Participation to the training sessions is free of charge. Participants will need to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

 

 

ECHA organises a two-day training session on Chesar

11 January 2017

ECHA is organising a training session on the basic functionalities of Chesar. In order to create a homogeneous group of trainees, we invite all people interested in participating to complete the following survey by 20 January 2017: link to the survey.

Shortly after the survey closes, ECHA will confirm the participation to all selected participants. Be aware that we have a limited number of spaces available for the training session. In case the number of requests exceed our maximum, ECHA may decide to set up additional training sessions on Chesar.

Programme of the training:
•    Overview on the Chesar general principles and workflow
•    Interactions with IUCLID and scope of assessment
•    Use description (including use maps approach)
•    Chesar library: Conditions of use, SCEDs, SPERCs (SWEDs) and standard phrases
•    Environmental and Worker/Consumer assessment
•    Export to IUCLID and CSR generation  
•    ESs for Communication

Participation in the training session is free of charge.

 

 

Download Chesar 3.1.1 which fixes issue with bulk-editing

07 December 2016

An update of Chesar is now available for download. 

Chesar 3.1.1 enables you to bulk-edit the values for conditions of use. It is also fully compatible with IUCLID 6 1.1.0.
We strongly recommend that you update your Chesar to this version.

 

Chesar 3.1 is again available to download

21 November 2016

On 16 November, we suspended downloads of the Chesar 3.1 tool to investigate the impact of a bug found in the bulk-editing function. We did this to make sure that your data in Chesar would remain consistent.

After our investigations, we conclude that despite this bug it is possible to use Chesar 3.1.0 following the instructions on bulk-editing described in the release notes.

We have, therefore, made it possible to download Chesar 3.1.0 again.

You can also wait for the next update of Chesar (3.1.1), which we plan to release by mid-December. This update will fix the bulk-editing bug.

 

Alert: Issue with bulk editing function in Chesar 3.1

16 November 2016

A critical issue in the bulk editing function has been discovered in the recent release of Chesar 3.1.

We are currently fixing the issue, and a new version of the tool is planned to be released by mid-December. Please consult the updated release notes in order to better understand what the issue is about. We apologise for the inconvenience.

 

Chesar 3.1 supports SWED and use maps

10 November 2016

Chesar 3.1 has been updated to support the generation of exposure assessment inputs for workers (SWED) in Chesar format, which enables sector associations to generate complete use maps to help REACH registrants with their chemical safety assessments.

In addition, registrants can now generate their exposure scenarios for communication in ESComXML format. This will save time by enabling automatic input of the information in the company IT system. The ESComXML is a standardised format, developed by the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), to exchange exposure scenario information between IT systems.

A new manual for sector organisations, focusing on the use maps, is now available on the Chesar website. The existing Chesar 3 user manual has been updated to reflect the changes.

Chesar 3.1 is fully compatible only with the version of IUCLID 6 published on 30 September 2016 on the IUCLID 6 website. Consequently all previous versions of IUCLID 6 are not anymore compatible.

The next update of Chesar is foreseen for May 2017.

 

IUCLID 6 is updated on 30/09/2016. This update will temporarily make IUCLID unable to exchange data with Chesar 3.

30 September 2016

IUCLID 6 is updated on 30 September 2016. It will include new features and fixes.

Chesar 3 will be updated and released the second week of November to be fully compatible with the new version of IUCLID 6. This new version of Chesar 3 will also include features like generation of ES for communication in ESComXML format, SWEDs, use maps support, adaptation to updated guidance as well as several minor improvements.

To maintain full compatibility between the two tools and fully benefit from their new features, we invite you to wait for the update of Chesar 3, before upgrading your IUCLID 6 software.

 

 

Invitation to an ECHA "Train the trainers" event on ECHA's Chemical Safety Assessment and Report tool (Chesar)

28 June 2016

ECHA is organising a "Train the trainers" event on the new Chesar tool later this year. It will take place at the ECHA premises in Helsinki and the preliminary dates are 27-28 September 2016.

The event is addressed to organisations that plan to offer training activities on Chesar in the coming months.

The aim is to enhance the quantity and quality of Chesar support provided to industry by training the people who will then be in a position to deliver such training. This is of particular importance as companies start to get ready for the 2018 REACH registration deadline.

For more information and instructions on how to register by 31 July 2016, please see the invitation letter.

Invitation letter

 

New version of Chesar now available for download

20 June 2016

Chesar 3 is now adapted to the IUCLID 6 format and exchanges data with IUCLID more effectively than before. This will help you to create your chemical safety assessments and reports in an easy and harmonised way directly from the IUCLID data. The update also supports the assessment of complex cases, such as multi-constituents or UVCBs*.

At the same time of the Chesar release, an update of IUCLID 6 is published to ensure compatibility with Chesar. All Chesar users should install the update to IUCLID 6.

Advice on how to use Chesar has been reviewed and improved so that you get easy-to-understand and targeted help while using the tool. Your data from the previous Chesar version is automatically migrated to Chesar 3.

A webinar on the new version of Chesar takes place on 21 June, from 10:00 to 13:00 Helsinki time. If you missed the webinar, you will be able to see the recording and presentations on ECHA's website later. The Chesar user manuals have been updated and can be found on the Chesar website.

* Substances of of unknown or variable composition, complex reaction products or biological material

Further information

Webinar 21 June at 10:00

Getting familiar with the new Chemical Safety Assessment and Reporting tool (Chesar 3.0)
http://echa.europa.eu/view-webinar/-/journal_content/56_INSTANCE_DdN5/title/getting-familiar-with-the-new-chemical-safety-assessment-and-reporting-tool-chesar-3-0-

Download IUCLID 6 update website

http://iuclid6.echa.europa.eu/

New version of Chesar available in June, News item 19 May 2016

http://echa.europa.eu/view-article/-/journal_content/title/new-version-of-chesar-available-in-june

New generation of IT tools coming soon, News alert 13 April 2016

http://echa.europa.eu/view-article/-/journal_content/title/new-generation-of-it-tools-coming-soon

 

 

New version of Chesar available in June

19 May 2016

The webinar on Chesar 3 will be on the same day. Those who are taking part in the webinar will be given access to the application beforehand to get familiar with it. So, if you are still planning to register for the webinar, do it soon.

At the same time, a minor update of IUCLID 6 will be published, which will ensure compatibility between IUCLID 6 and Chesar 3. Chesar 3 users will be required to install this update.

Only Chesar users need to update their IUCLID 6, other users of the IUCLID system will not need to do so. More information will be available on the IUCLID 6 website.

Further information on ECHA website.

 

Get ready for the new Chesar - test version available including migration tool

14 March 2016

A beta version of Chesar 3 is available for you to test. The beta version includes a migration tool that will give you an opportunity to test the migration of your current Chesar 2.3 database. You can also get familiar with the look-and-feel of the tool and the new options Chesar 3 has for more complex assessments.
To download the tool you have to sign up on the Chesar website.

To test the interaction of Chesar 3 and IUCLID 6 you also need to download a test version of IUCLID 6 (version of 14th March 2016) on http://iuclid6.echa.europa.eu/download

Chesar 3 is planned to be released end of April 2016. The beta version cannot be used to generate data that can be reused later: therefore you cannot use it to create your final chemical safety assessments. For that you will either need to wait for the official release of Chesar 3 or create your assessment with the current version of Chesar (2.3).

 More Information for testers

 

Interested in training for Chesar?

15 September 2015

A new and improved version of Chesar – the tool that helps you in efficiently carrying out and maintaining your chemical safety assessments – will be published in 2016. Chesar 3.0 also includes new features, for example, the possibility to assess substances with complex composition or hazard profile, such as UVCBs.

ECHA is currently working on a training programme for all interested. We would like to know what training method you prefer – especially if you are a new user. Go to our survey and have your say by 25 September 2015. It will take only 5 minutes to fill and does not require any previous use or knowledge on Chesar. The results will be used to develop a training programme for 2016.

Survey on Chesar training needs | Get wise – use Chesar

 

 

Need help with Chesar 2? Check out this new set of video-tutorials

23 July 2015

The seven video-tutorials will help you to understand better how to use the functionalities of the tool. The first video "Introduction on Chesar 2" gives you an overview of version 2.3. The other six videos present more in detail the functionalities focusing on each of the "Boxes" of Chesar.

We welcome and appreciate your feedback. You will find a link to the feedback form in the description of each video. Give us your opinions on their quality and suggestions on how to further improve them. We will use your input to prepare support activities for the new version of Chesar 3, currently planned for 2016.

You can watch them by clicking on the following links:

1. Introduction on Chesar 2

2. Box 1 – Substance management

3. Box 2 – Report uses

4. Box 3 – Exposure estimation management

5. Box 4 – Exposure scenario building and CSR

6. Box 5 – Generation of exposure scenarios for communication

7. Box 6 – Library management

Available also on Support page.

 

 

Survey to analyse the need to support Chesar 2 specific exchange files in Chesar 3

01 April 2015

We are currently in the process of analysing to what extent there is a need to import Chesar 2 exchange files into Chesar 3 application. Please read our analysis on the issue and provide us with your response to the 3 questions in the webropol survey by 14 April 2015.

Link to the webropol survey: https://www.webropolsurveys.com/S/445FA0BE95A50D5E.par

 

 

Shortcoming in Chesar 2.3 related to the use of ECETOC TRA workers when vapour pressure "changes" band between 25C and 40C

19 February 2015

Chesar 2.3 allows that an ES generated on the basis of an exposure estimation carried out with ECETOC TRA is valid for all temperatures up to 40C by default. This ensures that exposure scenarios sent to DUs cover the ambient temperature range in Europe. However, this may lead to an underestimation of exposure at temperatures between 25C and 40C. For those using Chesar 2.3 a work around is suggested.

In ECETOC TRA, the vapour pressure is assigned to various bands and the exposure estimates obtained depends on the band in which the vapour pressure of the substance falls. For some substances, the vapour pressure at temperatures above 25C falls in a different band than at 25C. If the vapour pressure at 25C is used than the exposure will be under estimated, and therefore safe use may not be ensured. The vapour pressure bands in TRA are:

• < 0.01 Pa
• >=0.01- <500 Pa
• 500 – 10 000 Pa
• >10 000 Pa

Chesar 3 will be modified to take better account of this situation.

For those using Chesar 2.3 the following work around is suggested:

• Check if the vapour pressure of your substance at 40C falls in a different band than the vapour pressure at 25C
• If yes, select in your TRA based assessment a temperature of 41C

W-5 Other conditions affecting workers exposure
  Place of use Indoor
Process temperature (for liquid) <=41°C


• A new determinant appears in your ES where you can report your vapour pressure at 41C

W-1 Product (article) characteristics
  Concentration of substance in mixture Substance as such
Vapour pressure at elevated temperature <8E3 Pa


The exposure estimate will then be appropriate.

 

Changes in the user management of the Chesar website

09 December 2014

To improve user friendliness, ECHA will create a harmonised user management for ECHA's websites which require user identification. This will bring some changes in the user management of the Chesar website by Thursday, 11 December. When you log in to Chesar website for the first time after the changes are done, you will be asked for some additional information about your organisation.

Creating an account in Chesar website has earlier required the following information:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email address
  • Country

In the future users are also required to give the following information about the organisation which they are representing:

  • Name of the organisation
  • Type of the organisation

At the same time, managing subscriptions to notifications will be moved from ‘Subscribe' page to ‘My account' page.

 

Chesar 2.3 supports SCED-based consumer assessment

04 June 2014

ECHA's Chemical Safety Assessment and Reporting tool (Chesar) has been updated to include consumer exposure estimations based on Specific Consumer Exposure Determinants (SCEDs). SCEDs are sets of data developed by industry associations that registrants can use to estimate the exposure of consumers to a substance.

When carrying out chemical safety assessments, exposure estimates for consumers can now be generated by using the new version 3.1 of the Targeted Risk Assessment (TRA) tool developed by the European Centre for the ecotoxicology and toxicology of chemicals (ECETOC). The new version of the TRA has been integrated in Chesar. SCED data are used as an input to the tool to generate the exposure estimates.

In addition, the updated Chesar includes a number of features that make it easier, more intuitive and efficient to use. These features include:

  • Easy access to the user manual from the Chesar screens, with links pointing directly to the relevant information in the user manual;
  • You can now automatically upload substance/dossier files directly from IUCLID into Chesar with one click;
  • Consistency check of the life cycle tree which gives suggestions for improving the description of the entire life cycle of the substance.

Detailed information about the new version is available in the release notes and the related user manuals.

The next version of Chesar will support the industry standard ESComXML, once the standard itself is finalised and available to ECHA. The ESComXML is currently being developed under the coordination of the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic). It aims to provide a standard format allowing Exposure Scenario information to be transmitted between different IT systems.
 

Further information


Chesar User Manuals
http://chesar.echa.europa.eu/support/manuals-tutorials

Cefic's ESCom standard phrase catalogue
http://www.cefic.org/Industry-support/Implementing-reach/Guidances-and-Tools1/

ECETOC - TRA
http://www.ecetoc.org/tra

Information on SCEDs on the website of the InformDownstream Users of Chemicals Co-ordination group (DUCC)
http://www.ducc.eu/Activities.aspx

Create the full chemical safety report with the new IUCLID CSR plug-in, News alert 11 February 2013
http://echa.europa.eu/view-article/-/journal_content/title/create-the-full-chemical-safety-report-with-the-new-iuclid-csr-plug-in

ECHA Helpdesk page for feedback
http://apps.echa.europa.eu/forms/cms_helpdesk_form.aspx

Webinar on Chemical Safety Assessment (CSA 1) for lead registrants on 26 April 2012
http://echa.europa.eu/support/training-material/webinars

Webinar with live demonstration on the beta version of Chesar 2.0 (CSA 2) on 21 May 2012
http://echa.europa.eu/support/training-material/webinars

 

Chesar users can now automatically transfer Use and Exposure information into IUCLID using the NEW version of Report Generator plugin

05 February 2014

 

The updated plug-in allows users to automatically transfer exposure assessment data from Chesar into IUCLID sections 3.7.1 and 3.7.2. The plug-in assistant will guide you through the steps necessary for automatically synchronising the data between Chesar and IUCLID and for generating the full chemical safety report.

More information about the functionalities of the update is available in the release notes and in Part 1 of the CSR plug-in user manual. Installation and user manuals are included in the installation package and can be downloaded from the IUCLID website.

 

Background

The IUCLID Report Generator supports the creation of chemical safety reports (CSRs) under REACH and replaces the CSR plug-in. It also helps applicants in preparing the summary of product characteristics (SPCs) for biocidal product authorisation applications.

 

Further information

IUCLID website (to download IUCLID Report Generator plug-in version 5.5.1)

http://iuclid.eu/index.php?fuseaction=home.download55&area_id=55030

CSR plug-in user manual

http://iuclid.eu/index.php?fuseaction=home.documentation&type=public#usermanual

Report generator - Release notes

http://iuclid.eu/download/software/plugin/report/ReleaseNotes_Report_Generator_5.5.1.pdf

 

New content added to the Frequently Asked Questions

26 July 2013

Technical questions: addition of two new questions

  • Can I upload a substance / dossier file created with IUCLID 5.5 in to Chesar 2.2?
  • I have installed Chesar 2 standalone version in C:\Program Files\ , but it will not start. What is wrong?

 

Update on Chesar 2.2 release notes

03 July 2013

 

An updated version of the "Chesar 2.2 release notes" is now available on the Chesar Tool page (http://chesar.echa.europa.eu/chesar-tool). Three new known issues have been reported.

 

 

New content added on Frequently Asked Questions

26 April 2013

 

New content available on the Support page, Frequently Asked Questions section:
 
  • technical questions: addition of a new question, update of other two 
  • scientific section:  addition of three new questions

 

New content added on Support page

05 April 2013

New content available on the Support page, Manuals / Tutorials and Library sections.

 

Chesar 2.2 can import the assessment files created with Stoffenmanager 5.0 ®

05 April 2013

With Chesar 2.2 it is now possible to import the quantitative exposure assessment created with Stoffenmanager 5.0 ® available on https://www.stoffenmanager.nl/ as "external exposure estimation tool" based assessment.

To do it, just right click on the Chesar contributing scenario that is already assessed with Stoffenmanager 5.0 ® and import the related assessment file (that you previously exported from Stoffenmanager 5.0 ®).

More information is available on user manual 3 section Chesar user manual part 3 section 6.5.2.

 

Chesar 2.2 supports generation of exposure scenarios for communication

06 March 2013

ECHA's Chemical Safety Assessment and Reporting tool (Chesar) has been updated to ease the generation of exposure scenarios for communication in the supply chain. This update marks the first step in standardisation of exposure scenario information for downstream users.

The new Chesar version enables registrants to generate their exposure scenarios to be used for communication in the supply chain directly from their chemical safety assessments with a few simple mouse clicks. This will help to avoid manual transfer of information to the registrants' safety data sheet systems and/or copying whole chapters from the chemical safety report into the annex of the safety data sheet. Chesar 2.2 also offers the possibility to import the ESCom standard phrase catalogue, published by the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) early March 2013 in a Chesar compatible format.

With the new functionalities, registrants can use Chesar not only to make a comprehensive chemical safety report, but also to produce extended safety data sheets for downstream users on how to control risks to workers, consumers and the environment, that are fully consistent with the chemical safety report. The link to the ESCom catalogue and the layout of the Chesar exposure scenario are the first steps towards standardisation of communication on safe use in the supply chain.

Finally, Chesar 2.2 contains several improvements on the usability that will facilitate the work of the user. Detailed information about the new version is available in the release notes and related user manuals.

The Chesar 2.2 XML schema is available on the support page.

 

Further information

Chesar User Manuals
http://chesar.echa.europa.eu/support/manuals-tutorials

Cefic's ESCom standard phrase catalogue
http://www.cefic.org/Industry-support/Implementing-reach/Guidances-and-Tools1/

Create the full chemical safety report with the new IUCLID CSR plug-in, News alert 11 February 2013
http://echa.europa.eu/view-article/-/journal_content/title/create-the-full-chemical-safety-report-with-the-new-iuclid-csr-plug-in

ECHA Helpdesk page for feedback
http://apps.echa.europa.eu/forms/cms_helpdesk_form.aspx

Webinar on Chemical Safety Assessment (CSA 1) for lead registrants on 26 April 2012
http://echa.europa.eu/support/training-material/webinars

Webinar with live demonstration on the beta version of Chesar 2.0 (CSA 2) on 21 May 2012
http://echa.europa.eu/support/training-material/webinars

 

 

Chesar 2.2 soon available

01 March 2013

A new version of Chesar (2.2) will be soon available for downloading.

 

 

Create the full chemical safety report with the new IUCLID CSR plug-in

18 February 2013

The new updated plug-in is especially beneficial to registrants using Chesar. Once the chemical safety assessment has been finalised in Chesar, it enables to merge the section 1 to 8 of the chemical safety report generated from IUCLID data with sections 9 and 10 generated in Chesar. In order to ensure consistency of information between the technical IUCLID dossier and the chemical safety assessment performed in Chesar, the plug-in also verifies all substance properties and reported uses. If necessary, uses assessed in Chesar are added directly into the right section of IUCLID with a simple mouse click.

The new release also permits the user to manage part A of the chemical safety report, containing the summary of risk management measures and related declarations, directly inside the plug-in itself.

To make best use of this updated plug-in, ECHA recommends using Chesar to prepare chemical safety assessments in order to improve consistency and standardisation of the chemical safety report.

More information about the functionalities of this update is available in Part 1 of the CSR plug-in user manual. Installation and user manuals are included in the installation package and can be downloaded from the IUCLID website.

 
Further information

IUCLID website

CSR plug-in user manual

Chemical safety report

 

CSA example performed with Chesar 2.1 has been published on the Library page

10 January 2013

An example of the chemical safety assessments prepared by ECHA using Chesar 2.1 has been published on the Library page.

 

FAQ for Chesar 2.1 have been updated

14 December 2012

 

The technical FAQ (frequently asked questions) for Chesar 2.1 have been updated.

 

The new Chesar as a means to achieve a compliant chemical safety report

24 October 2012

New functionalities are added to ECHA's Chemical Safety Assessment and Reporting tool (Chesar) to better support the preparation of chemical safety reports. After already covering assessment tools for the environment and workers, for the first time, an exposure estimation tool for consumers is included. ECHA recommends that registrants use Chesar 2.1 to prepare or update their registration dossiers.

The new Chesar version contains additional functionalities to assist registrants in carrying out their chemical safety assessments (CSAs). As a new functionality, the exposure estimation tool for consumers developed by ECETOC, targeted risk assessment (TRA), is embedded. In addition, Chesar users can now report releases to waste in a structured form and to better describe the assessment approach taken for hazards to human health resulting from flammability, explosiveness or the oxidising potential of a substance. With these new functionalities registrants can now use Chesar to make a comprehensive chemical safety report (CSR) including exposure scenarios for all uses to document and control possible risks to workers, consumers and the environment.
 
Chesar 2.1 also offers the possibility to start preparing exposure scenarios for communication in the supply chain. The tool includes a library of standard phrases, which can be used to communicate the relevant results of the chemical safety assessment to downstream users. Chesar 2.1 is ready to import standard phrase catalogues, such as ESCom phrases developed by the European Chemical Industry Council, Cefic* into this library, once these are available in a format compatible with Chesar. The next update of ESCom scheduled before the end of the year is expected to provide this format
 
The next Chesar version (2.2) will support the generation of exposure scenarios for communication and is planned to be released in the first quarter of 2013.
 
 
Further information
 
ECHA Helpdesk page for feedback
 
Webinar on Chemical Safety Assessment (CSA 1) for lead registrants on 26 April 2012
 
Webinar with live demonstration on the beta version of Chesar 2.0 (CSA 2) on 21 May 2012

 

A correction version of Chesar 2.0 (Chesar 2.0.1) is now available on Chesar website

24 August 2012

This version fixes a recently discovered defect which occurs during the creation and export of library items determinant type or a SpERC. More specifically, when a user creates these library items, Chesar links them to the user's legal entity to allow identification of the original author. Due to the discovered defect the legal entity's unique identifier – UUID – is not stored as it should.

To prevent problems in the exchange of library items between different Chesar instances, we kindly recommend all users who are planning to create library items, to install the new Chesar 2.0.1.

Chesar 2.0.1 does not add any new functionality to Chesar 2.0. If you do not intend to create any determinant types or SpERC it is not necessary to install this version.

Installation of Chesar 2.0.1 is similar to installation of Chesar 2.0. However, note that if you use the standalone version, in order to keep the data you have already entered into Chesar 2.0 you need to copy your database into your new installation, as described in the instructions page.

With Chesar 2.0.1 all new library items are created correctly. The next release of Chesar, version 2.1 planned for autumn, will correct also the legal entity UUID assignments which have been created in prior to installing this 2.0.1 version. We invite the users who have already created library items and need to export their CSA before Chesar 2.1 becomes available to contact us via email csa [at] echa.europa.eu (subject: "Already created library items") so that we can assess their individual situations.

To ensure a clear identification of the source of exchanged library items, we remind users to assign a legal entity to every user who acts as a "library manager" and therefore can create library items (see user manual 6 and 7).

 

Chesar life cycle tree migration tool is now available

03 August 2012

A migration tool able to convert life cycle trees built in Chesar 1.2 into life cycle trees importable into Chesar 2.0 has been released. The life cycle migration tool is now available and can be downloaded from this website.

The migration tool can convert life cycle tree file(s) that were exported from Chesar 1.2, in to a format of life cycle tree file(s) that can then be imported in to Chesar 2.0. The tool can also take as input the CSA file(s) that was exported from Chesar 1.2, in which case it will extract the related life cycle tree information and convert it in to a life cycle tree file(s) that can then be imported in to Chesar 2.0.

The life cycle migration tool is a stand-alone application, very easy to install and to use. However, to fully support users, dedicated installation and user manuals are available for download.

 

Installation manual for 'distributed' Chesar 2.0 has been updated

03 August 2012

The installation manual for 'distributed' Chesar 2.0 has been updated. The Chesar 'distributed' installation manual is now at version 1.2 and contains an update of information about the Oracle database driver.

 

Chesar 2 user manual 0

16 July 2012

ECHA has launched an updated version of the Chesar 2 user manual 0 "Introduction and scope of Chesar" (version 1.0).

 

Installation manual and technical FAQ for 'distributed' Chesar 2.0 have been updated

13 July 2012

The installation manual and technical FAQ (frequently asked questions) for 'distributed' Chesar 2.0 have been updated. The Chesar 'distributed' installation manual is now at version 1.1 and contains advice relating to the Tomcat application server.

 

Chesar 2.0 released

20 June 2012

ECHA launches a new generation of its Chemical Safety Assessment and Reporting Tool to further harmonise and improve information on the safe use of chemicals.

Version 2.0 of Chesar is now available and can be downloaded from this website.

ECHA has invested in the redesign of the IT technology of Chesar in order to enhance its stability and make it a better platform for further developments as part of the long term strategy for Chesar. Other improvements include: a redesigned user interface, more transparency in determining the scope of the required exposure assessment, a simplified risk characterisation and an updated version of the Targeted Risk Assessment (TRA) developed by ECETOC. The possibilities to import and export complete chemical safety assessments (CSAs) or CSA building blocks have also been extended.

With Chesar industry organisations can make available generic exposure assessments for the conditions of use in their sector. Single registrants may then import and use this information as a starting point for their own substance specific assessment. Using Chesar will contribute to efficiency and harmonisation in carrying out CSAs. Thus, ECHA strongly recommends (potential) registrants to systematically use Chesar for making chemical safety reports and exposure scenarios.

Today's release of Chesar 2.0 includes the functionalities for carrying out CSAs based on a IUCLID 5.4 dataset and to generate chapters 9 and 10 of the chemical safety report (CSR), with one exception: exposure estimations for consumer uses is not yet included in the current release, but will be included in version 2.1. 

Further releases in 2012 

To enable the generation of a full CSR by combining information from IUCLID 5.4 and Chesar 2.0 the current CSR generator (IUCLID plug in) is currently being updated. The release of the CSR generator is foreseen for the end of summer.

Additional functionalities of Chesar are planned to be made available before the end of 2012. This includes the exposure estimation tool for consumers developed by ECETOC (TRA) and the generation of exposure scenarios for communication. It is also planned to enable the import and use of the European Chemical Industry Council's standard phrases library for exposure scenario communication.

Revised Chesar website

Also the Chesar website has been revised. For downloading the application, the manuals and the release note a user account has to be created. Please note that this also applies to current Chesar users.

Give us your feedback

The Agency invites users to send in their feedback on the Chesar software. The feedback will be taken into consideration when developing future versions of Chesar. You may provide your feedback via the ECHA Helpdesk online form.

What is Chesar?

Chesar is ECHA's Chemical Safety Assessment and Reporting Tool that enables registrants to carry out their safety assessments in a structured, harmonised and efficient way. This includes the importing of substance-related hazard data directly from IUCLID, describing the various uses of the substance, for each use carrying out exposure estimates, identifying risk management measures if needed and demonstrating control of risk. Based on this, Chesar generates the CSR and exposure scenarios for communication in electronic exchange format and as a text document. Chesar was released for the first time in May 2010.

 

 

 

A new version of ECHA's chemical safety and report tool Chesar is now available

05 August 2011

Chesar is designed to help companies carry out their Chemical Safety Assessments (CSA) and preparing their Chemical Safety Reports (CSR). The tool developed by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is a plug-in to IUCLID 5. Chesar version 1.2 can now be downloaded from the Chesar website.

Chesar 1.2 enables the users to generate the exposure scenarios for communication to downstream users. These exposure scenarios can then be annexed to the extended Safety Data Sheet.

Chesar also enables the registrant to create a full Chemical Safety Report (CSR), once the hazard assessment and (if required) the exposure assessment are finalised. The CSR is created in a text format as well as in an exchangeable database format (XML Docbook format).

As with previous versions, Chesar 1.2 can be installed on IUCLID 5.3. The new Chesar 1.2 installation packages (for standalone and distributed versions) are available on the Chesar website. Detailed installation manuals are also available on the Chesar download page.

Please note that together with the possibility to generate exposure scenarios for communication, other new features have been added to Chesar 1.2 (for more details, consult the Chesar 1.2 release notes).

The Agency welcomes any feedback you may have on the Chesar software and will take this into consideration in the development of future versions of Chesar.

Download Chesar 1.2

Before downloading and installing the Chesar plugin, please read the following information carefully:

Instructions before upgrading Chesar:

The upgrade procedure will not delete any data stored in your Chesar database. Nevertheless, it may be wise to take some precautions in case an unforeseen problem happens during the upgrade procedure

  • Export each of your substances from Chesar (Import - Export -> Export CSA).
  • Export each determinant that you have created in Chesar you may want to re-use
  • Archive the exported files in a safe place.