In a recent position paper, the EU committee of the American Chamber of Commerce says some ideas being floated to replace the current system for evaluating "existing" chemicals originally approved with little prior assessment would be "unmanageable and disproportionate." "The EU committee is concerned about the Commission's declared intention to reverse the burden of proof on industry that a chemical is safe," it says.
One proposal being considered would require industry to conduct, within a certain time-frame and under the threat of loss of market access, a "substantial review" of a "majority" of the thousands of existing substances approved before more rigorous assessment rules were introduced in 1981, it says. This would result in them being "swamped with data collection and assessment duties for substances that do not present particular concerns," it says.
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