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European chemical Substances Information System

The European chemical Substances Information System (ESIS) is a chemoinformatics database that stores information system on chemicals of the European Union. It was created by the former European Chemicals Bureau, which completed its mandate in 2008, in the year 2003.[1] ESIS was set up by the Joint Research Council of the European Union in order to make data on the safety of chemicals more readily accessible to the public, offering a single search tool on chemicals and the legislation under which they are presently covered.[2] By October 3, 2013, ESIS contained 14,897 substance records.[3]

ESIS provides access to several registers and lists, shown below:

  • EINECS (European Inventory of Existing Commercial chemical Substances)
  • NLP (No-Longer Polymers)
  • BPD (Biocidal Products Directive)
  • Export and Import of Dangerous Chemicals

The following databases were originally part of ESIS, but have been taken over by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), which will also ensure further updates:

  • ELINCS (European List of Notified Chemical Substances)
  • PBT (Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic)
  • C&L (Classification and Labelling)
  • HPVCs (High Production Volume Chemicals) and LPVCs (Low Production Volume Chemicals)
  • IUCLID Chemical Data Sheets
  • Priority Lists, Risk Assessment process and tracking system


  1. ^ Report from the Commission – JRC Annual Report – 2003, Brussels, 2004-05-14
  2. ^ Chemicals: Research key to new EU chemical policy, 2003, Times Higher Education
  3. ^ Databases currently participating in eChemPortal

External links

  • ESIS website
  • in REACH glossaryESIS
  • record in eChemPortalESIS
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