PBT criteria under REACH spark internal battle

The European Commission is under pressure from other EU bodies, member states and NGOs to modify proposed criteria for identifying persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) and very persistent, very bioaccumulative (vPvB) substances under the REACH Regulation.

The EU’s REACH Regulation requires the Commission to review the adequacy of criteria for identifying persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) and very persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (vPvB) substances that are set out in Annex XIII. But the Commission’s proposals, issued in a paper in December, have provoked an outcry from NGOs, several EU member states, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee and the European Chemical Agency

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