NGOs to boycott Reach impact assessments

Environmental groups claim detailed sector-by-sector investigations will not produce reliable results

European environmental groups are boycotting two impact assessments being carried out on the EU's Reach chemical policy reform, it emerged on Thursday. The NGOs claim that the chemical industry has rebuffed their demands for safeguards to ensure meaningful and objective results.

Debate over Reach has been dogged by controversy over what it will cost industry. The European Commission issued an extended impact assessment when it tabled the regulation last October. Earlier this year it promised three further "complementary" assessments to look in more detail at Reach's implications in individual chemical-using industries and in the EU's new member states.

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