Proposals to implement EC chemical testing rules

Proposals to implement the 1992 EC "Seventh Amendment" Directive on the testing and notification of new substances were issued for consultation by the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) on 25 January.1 They appear to be in line with the EC requirements, but in addition extend the scope of the scheme to chemicals used by offshore operators and introduce fees to cover the authorities' costs in processing notifications.

The Seventh Amendment modified and extended rules adopted in 1979 which required that most substances placed on the EC market for the first time after September 1981 had to be subject to specified tests and notified to the authorities before entering commerce. It must be brought into force by the Member States by 31 October.

A detailed account of the changes made to the existing regime by the Seventh Amendment was given last June (ENDS Re

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