Commission given directions for reform of chemicals policy

Environment Ministers have told the European Commission to work up more realistic proposals which will achieve rapid action on chemicals of concern before it drafts legislation to reform the EC's chemicals policy. At the Environment Council on 7 June, they also went some way to meeting environmentalists' demands for strict controls on persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic substances, agreed on the need for specific rules to limit animal testing, and asked the Commission to work out ways of improving public access to information on chemicals.

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