Commission keeps cards close to its chest for chemicals policy review

An assessment of four Directives which form the backbone of the EC's regime for controlling chemical hazards was published by the European Commission on 18 November in the latest step in the review of EC chemicals policy. Most of the paper's proposals are vague, and would involve fine-tuning of the existing instruments rather than radical change - although a single reference to the precautionary principle was probably included only after a struggle within the Commission.

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