Dispute over costs of EC rules on "existing" chemicals

The official text of a new EC Regulation on the evaluation and control of risks posed by "existing" chemicals is now available.1 Its publication has set the clock ticking for chemical producers and importers who will be obliged to submit data packages to the authorities on the properties of thousands of older chemicals over the next five years. In the UK, meanwhile, the costs of the new regime are in dispute between the Government and the chemical industry.

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