Verheugen calls for further cuts to Reach

Industry commissioner says EU presidency compromise would result in unacceptable levels of animal testing

EU industry commissioner G√ľnter Verheugen has said he will not support a UK presidency compromise proposal on the Reach chemical policy unless registration requirements are further diluted to reduce the need for animal testing.

The commissioner's statement further tips the political balance towards a dilution in Reach after Germany's request on Friday for more time before EU states finalise their position. Environmental group WWF warned on Monday that this had started "a process... that will render Reach unable to effectively protect human health and the environment" (EED 04/11/05).

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