Triclosan and flame retardants subjected to PIC trade rules

EU rules governing the international trade in hazardous chemicals have been amended, extending controls to triclosan and five flame retardants

Chemical barrels. Photograph: Sahawat Kiankola/123RF
Rules governing the export of toxic chemicals from the EU have been tightened. Photograph: Sahawat Kiankola/123RF

EU controls on the export of hazardous chemicals have been amended, bringing new substances under the prior informed consent (PIC) regime for the first time and extending existing rules. The amendment covers the once widely-used biocide triclosan, pesticides and a variety of flame retardants.

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