National Centre for Chemicals, cosmetics and consumer protection

Director: Dr. Rosa Draisci
phone: (+39) 06 4990 6701-4343



The Centre is an authoritative leader at national and international level in the field of research, evaluation, control, regulation, prevention, surveillance, training and information on chemicals and activities to protect the health of the population by promoting innovation and competitiveness.

Assesses the hazards and risks associated with the use of substances and chemicals, including for the purpose of placing them on the market, participates in the process of identification and evaluation of substances of very high concern (SVHC) by proposing the best risk management options.

It addresses emerging issues related to cosmetics, medical surgical devices and biocides, tattoo inks and permanent makeup, materials and products for personal use, various articles, textiles, clothing, leather, toys, children's products, building and automotive materials up to the end of waste  (cessation of waste qualification).

On behalf of the Ministry of Health, it operates as an Interface of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the European Commission and the European and International Cooperation Bodies - Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), World Health Organization (WHO).

In line with the Agreements of the State-Regions Conference, it coordinates the Network of control laboratories on chemical products and supports Regions, Autonomous Provinces and the Ministry of Health for the planning of the National Control Plan. It also carries out activities as a National Reference Laboratory REACH-CLP.

It is the national reference for plans for the prevention and surveillance of dangerous exposures and chemical poisoning. It also provides support to stakeholders through the National CLP Helpdesk (classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures) and databases.

It is designed body for the management of notifications of hazardous mixtures and detergents to the Archive of Dangerous Preparations and the European Portal at ECHA.




The Centre is organized into three Units:

  • Hazard and chemical risk assessment
  • Evaluation of substances and products for authorisation or notification
  • Laboratory for Chemical Safety

and three Operational Units in staff of the Direction:

  • Experimental studies on SVHC
  • Prevention and surveillance of dangerous esposures and chemicals intoxications
  • Information and communication

The Units carry out institutional activities within the programmatic objectives entrusted to the Center and represent the functional units responsible for the planning and implementation of the activities within the competence of the Department (art.17 of the ISS Rules and procedures, ROF).

The Operational Units carry out coordination functions in the field of scientific research and third mission.