Dangerous chemicals slip through EC export control net

Proposals to bring another 20 dangerous chemicals within the scope of an EC export control scheme have been issued by the European Commission.1 Meanwhile, a Commission report has voiced strong suspicions that some Member States have failed to apply the controls properly since they came into force four years ago.2

The export control scheme came into force in 1989. It provides that where a chemical which is banned or severely restricted under EC law is exported to a third country for the first time, the importing country must be notified of the reasons for its restricted status within the EC. Each chemical and importing country are assigned a unique reference number which must accompany all subsequent shipments to the same country. A total of 24 chemical

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