Dispute over costs of EC rules on "existing" chemicals

The official text of a new EC Regulation on the evaluation and control of risks posed by "existing" chemicals is now available.1 Its publication has set the clock ticking for chemical producers and importers who will be obliged to submit data packages to the authorities on the properties of thousands of older chemicals over the next five years. In the UK, meanwhile, the costs of the new regime are in dispute between the Government and the chemical industry.

The provisions and purpose of the Regulation were summarised last month (ENDS Report 218, pp 38-39 ). In essence, it will set in train a data collection and risk evaluation exercise for tens of thousands of chemicals on the EC market before September 1981, and as such exempt from the testing and notification rules

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