MEPs' balancing act on chemicals' registration

Parliament substantially backs emerging position in EU council of ministers, though with differences of detail

Parliament's position on Reach registration brings it into close step with the UK presidency's compromise proposal to the council of ministers.

Both versions set a single pre-registration requirement for manufacturers to provide basic information on their substances within 18 months of the law entering force. The parliament goes slightly further by requiring information on exposure and use categories, and by making more of the pre-registration information public.

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