Legal challenge over free riders hangs over EU's biocides review programme

The EU programme for reviewing the safety of biocides is still early in its first phase - but is now facing a legal challenge from five manufacturers worried about the lack of protection against free riders. The industry is also waiting to see whether regulators come up with proposals to control imports of biocide-treated products - a potentially important pointer to how the issue will be tackled under the REACH regime for chemicals generally.

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