Reach registration rules called into question

EU regulators reveal widespread deficiencies in key chemical safety information system

EU chemicals regulators have reported widespread deficiencies in the key chemical safety information system underpinning the European Commission's proposed Reach European chemicals policy. The finding will fuel environmental groups' criticism of a Commission decision in September to increase reliance on the system in an effort to reduce the policy's costs.

Safety data sheets are a long-established part of chemicals regulation worldwide. The draft EU Reach regulation published on Wednesday confirms them as the primary tool for information transfer from manufacturers to downstream users including retailers. The regulation will incorporate and replace an existing 1991 safety data sheets directive.

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