1. The Agency shall provide the Member States and the institutions of the Community with the best possible scientific and technical advice on questions relating to chemicals which fall within its remit and which are referred to it in accordance with this Regulation.
2. The Secretariat of the Agency shall:
(a)provide industry with technical and scientific guidance and tools where appropriate on how to comply with the obligations laid down by this Regulation;
(b)provide competent authorities with technical and scientific guidance on the operation of this Regulation and provide support to the helpdesks established by Member States under Article 44.