ChemSec: Do not ‘refit’ REACH

The European chemicals legislation REACH needs an upgrade – but not a full review, the International Chemical Secretariat said this week

The European chemicals legislation REACH needs an upgrade – but not a full review, the International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec) said this week.

“At its core, REACH is a great piece of legislation designed to put the citizens of Europe first while at the same time drive substitution of toxic substances,” said Frida Hök, ChemSec policy advisor.

“By opening up REACH [under the European Commission’s REFIT – regulatory fitness and performance – programme] there is a real risk of weakening it, not to mention all the insecurities it would generate within European companies that already spent considerable resources to bring their operations in line with REACH.”

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