Switzerland updates chemicals legislation

Switzerland's parliament has approved a reform of laws on chemical substances, now set to take effect on 1 August. The reform requires more specific health warning labels on common consumer chemicals like detergents, insect sprays, paints and glues. It sets stricter requirements for new chemical substances, biocides and crop protection substances. It brings into Swiss law recent EU restrictions on heavy metals, brominated flame retardants and other substances. It also seeks to cut red tape by simplifying the chemicals approval process and promoting more self-regulation in the industry. See press release.

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