Reach costs for low-volume chemicals revisited

Revised cost assessment for 1-10 tonne production volume band finds UK proposal cheaper after all

Plans by the EU's British presidency to cut testing requirements for low-volume chemicals under the Reach chemical policy will cut costs in the controversial 1-10 production volume bracket by a quarter, the final version of a European Commission analysis has concluded.

The conclusion contradicts an earlier draft of the same analysis, which was leaked last week. This suggested the UK's compromise would raise costs slightly for 1-10 tonne chemicacls compared with the Commission's original proposal, tabled in 2003 (EED 26/10/05).

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