European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)

The Agency manages the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction processes for chemical substances to ensure consistency across the European Union. These REACH processes are designed to provide additional information on chemicals, to ensure their safe use, and to ensure competitiveness of the European chemicals industry.

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

EFSA was set up in January 2002 as part of a comprehensive programme to improve EU food safety, ensure a high level of consumer protection and restore and maintain confidence in the EU food supply. The Centre and EFSA’s internal experts/proofreaders carried out a joint project ‘EFSA Terminology Watch’, the aim of which was to expand the existing glossaries of EFSA key terms, have them validated by the Agency and import them into IATE. EFSA independently continues to collect new terms for insertion into IATE through daily proofreading and processing of translations from the Centre.

European Medicines Agency (EMA)

The European Medicines Agency is a decentralised body of the European Union. Its main responsibility is the protection and promotion of public and animal health, through the evaluation and supervision of medicines for human and veterinary use. Terminology work for this agency in 2009 focused on EMA’s glossary of key terms which now contains more than 250 terms in all official EU languages.

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)

The EMCDDA was set up to provide the EU and its Member States with a factual overview of European drug problems and a solid evidence base to support the drugs debate. In 2009 the EMCDDA started work on the compilation of a major glossary, essentially with the aim of achieving consistency and an agreed common understanding of English terms, both in-house and within the National Focal Points.