German environment agency calls for PBT amendment

The European Commission must come forward with proposals to revise criteria for identifying persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) substances under chemicals law REACH, the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) said on Friday.

Germany is one of several member states arguing that REACH's current identification criteria for PBTs are out-of-date. For instance, "bioaccumulation" is only applied to aquatic species, although chemicals can also build up in land mammals through the food chain.

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