Swedes set the agenda for European chemicals policy

Bans and restrictions on chemicals which have been causing concern in Europe for several years are to be introduced by the Swedish Government. A new Bill announced in May will hit the PVC industry hard, and will also introduce a new approach to evaluating and phasing out dangerous substances in groups. The Swedish measures are likely to influence the EC's chemicals policy, itself currently under review.

The chemicals measures form part of a wide-ranging Bill aimed at solving Sweden's main environmental problems within one generation - 25 years. They are also a response to last year's report by the official Chemicals Policy Committee (CPC). This recommended a series of targets to phase out the use of persistent and bioaccumulative chemicals from products and processes over the next 15 years, with toxicity no longer being the main trigger for a

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