Probe reveals systemic flouting of chemical safety rules

Almost a third of high volume chemicals in Europe are being used in breach of the main EU regulation designed to protect citizens and the environment from harm, according to a review

Almost a third of high volume chemicals in Europe are being used in breach of the main EU regulation designed to protect citizens and the environment from harm, according to a review by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and German Environment Agency (UBA).

“Companies are breaking Europe’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulations by failing to report to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) whether their substances are cancer causing, neurotoxic, mutagenic, bioaccumulative and/or harmful to developing children or human fertility,” the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) said in response on Friday.

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