Strong EU chemicals policy gets green light

Environment council backs Commission white paper, calls for even wider reversal of burden of proof

EU plans to "reverse the burden of proof" onto chemical manufacturers by forcing them to prove their products are safe before receiving marketing authorisation should be extended, environment ministers said today.

In a set of conclusions outlining their instructions for a future EU chemical policy, the ministers said substances that are persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBTs), very persistent and very bioaccumulative (VPVBs) or which are known endocrine disrupters should be subject to authorisation - the key part of a new regulatory framework proposed in a recent European Commission white paper (ENDS Daily 14 February).

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