EC debate on biocides focuses on deregulation, risk comparisons

The UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is leading moves within the EC to deregulate the draft EC Directive on biocides by eliminating the need for authorisation of "low-risk" products. Manufacturers have welcomed the proposals, which are also gaining some support from other Member States. Meanwhile, arguments over comparative assessment - a procedure which may lead to the withdrawal of higher-risk biocides if lower-risk alternatives are available - are continuing, but the concept appears to have gained the support of most Member States.

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