New chemicals inventory suggests German, UK lead in innovation

The UK is running behind only Germany in the number of new chemicals notified to the authorities under EC legislation, according to the latest Community inventory of notified new substances.1 Confidentiality rules have been invoked to keep secret the chemical identity of more than half of the notified substances - and a new EC Recommendation has paved the way for similar confidentiality provisions to be applied to the dangerous constituents of preparations.

The inventory, known as Elincs, lists the substances notified to national authorities under the 1979 EC "Sixth Amendment" Directive between 18 September 1981 and 30 June 1991. The Directive provides that new substances which were not on the EC market before 18 September 1981 must be subjected to safety and other tests and the findings submitted to the authorities at least 45 days before they are placed on the market.

Elincs is a key refer

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