REACH controls bogged down by inadequate toxicity data

After more than a decade in operation, REACH has left “a startling proportion of problem substances” uncontrolled, according to Brussels-based green group the European Environmental Bureau (EEB)

Agreeing appropriate controls on substances known to be hazardous has been “far slower than expected or hoped,” said secretary general Jeremy Wates in a report published today.

A total of 352 chemicals had been prioritised for substance evaluation by EU member states under the Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP) by the end of last year, though only 265 had actually been started. Half of these have been delayed due to inadequate data on their potential threat to public health and the environment being provided to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) – which it has criticised for many years.

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