UK Reach compromise "dearer than original plans"

Leaked Commission assessment says exempting half of low-volume substances from testing will increase overall costs

A compromise plan tabled by the UK to soften the impact of the Reach chemical policy reform on business will actually increase costs compared to the European Commission’s original proposal, according to a new Commission impact assessment.

The Commission paper, a leaked draft of which has been obtained by Environment Daily, attempts to put a price tag on the UK’s proposal to exempt from testing some of the 20,000 or so chemicals expected to fall in the one to ten tonne production volume band. Registration costs for these substances would rise by €300 to an average of €12,700 per chemical, it concludes.

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