The final text of the EU compromise on the Reach chemical policy reform regulation has emerged after a committee of government representatives this week backed an accord reached in negotiations between the Finnish presidency and key MEPs last Friday (EED 06/12/06). Here ENDS offers a summary of key points in the agreement (for the full text, see link below).
The principle of chemical substitution is embodied in Reach’s authorisation rules, which were the main focus of contention in the talks. As a general rule users of the 1500 or so substances that will be identified under Reach as substances of very high concern (SVHCs) will have to seek explicit authorisation to continuing using them. In practice the requirement will be phased in, and applied to only a couple of dozen new substances each year.
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