Industry disappointed by EU Reach deal

Chemical firms and major manufacturing associations slam substitution compromise

Europe’s industry has given a lukewarm verdict on last week’s EU compromise deal on the Reach chemical reform plan. The deal was backed by a committee of senior member state officials on Tuesday after last-minute negotiations settled remaining differences between the council of ministers and MEPs (EED 01/12/06).

Chemical industry body Cefic said the agreement on rules for replacing high-concern chemicals with safer alternatives was "probably nothing other than a costly and bureaucratic requirement" that would "create legal uncertainty that’s not good for business".

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