The Dutch government and chemical industry are close to clinching a voluntary agreement under which firms will be responsible for carrying out an extensive screening process, called "quick scan", on thousands of chemicals already on the market. The development is a boost to the Netherlands' campaign to promote the quick scan approach at EU level.
Quick scan was developed in the Netherlands in response to the slow progress of Europe's scheme to evaluate the safety of "existing" chemicals. The idea is to mine all available information on substances, from whatever source, in order to identify hazardous properties and rank all substances according to levels of "concern" (EED 23/03/01).
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