EU demands further testing of priority chemicals

The EU has instructed manufacturers and importers of twelve priority "existing substances" to carry out a series of extra scientific tests to help risk assessors decide whether further restrictions are needed. The list includes biodegradation testing on short-chain chlorinated paraffins, a substance already subject to EU curbs but for which further controls have been mooted (EED 16/12/03). It also requires "long-term toxicity testing" of tetrabromobisphenol-A, a brominated flame retardant used widely in electronics, and an investigation into the long-term endocrine effects of the phthalate BBP. See Commission regulation 642/2005.

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