US moves to reform chemical safety laws

The Obama administration has introduced bills into both houses of Congress to amend and extend controls on chemical safety. The proposals will strengthen the hand of the regulator, require manufacturers to submit data and prove their products safety

Both US houses of Congress were presented with legislation to improve chemical safety on 15 April as the first step in the Obama administration’s long-standing promises to deliver chemicals reform. The bundle of legislation mirrors Europe’s REACH regime, strengthens the information-gathering power of the regulator, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and passes the obligation to provide data and prove safety to manufacturers. The reforms focus on chemicals contained in products

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