EU advisory body leads charge against Reach

Draft economic and social committee report forecasts "disproportionate costs all round" from substance policy review

Plans to reform European substance policy through the Reach initiative have been roundly condemned in a draft report soon to be endorsed by the EU's economic and social committee (EESC).

"At best, direct and indirect costs are matched by potential but poorly-defined benefits benefits elsewhere," says the report, which aims to investigate Reach's likely effects on European industry beyond the chemical sector and its immediate downstream client-base.

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