German firms "see little benefit from Reach"

Household product makers tell official survey customers unlikely to pay more for "safe products"

German producers of household chemical products have cast doubt on one of the key business benefits expected from the EU's Reach chemical policy, according to a German government study. The research looked at Reach's implications in the varnish and cleaning product sectors.

One of European Commission's selling points for Reach has been the potential for formulators to benefit from fuller safety data on the chemical ingredients they use. Consumers will be prepared to bear extra costs if they have more confidence in the safety of products, it reckons.

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