Court throws out EU biocides review appeal

Chemical companies fail to win interim suspension while European court looks into free rider concerns

Chemical firms challenging a review of the EU biocides directive were dealt a blow last week when the European court of justice (ECJ) overturned their appeal against an earlier ruling that they had no legal standing.

Bactria and Sumitomo chemicals UK had demanded suspension of the second phase of the directive's ten year review programme until the European court of first instance (the ECJ's junior wing) has examined data protection fears they raised with three other manufacturers (EED 07/11/03).

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