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.

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