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Concerns raised over EU REACH burden

The EU programme to evaluate all chemicals, including agrochemical intermediates and co-formulants, needs to be revised in view of the current economic crisis, say government representatives from the Czech Republic and Slovakia. They presented their concerns about the EU Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation at the December meeting of EU Environment Ministers. The legislation was adopted in a “very different economic situation” than currently exists, the officials said. Its administrative and financial burden will intensify pressures on the chemical industry, where production is already in decline due to the economic woes. The European Commission sought industry views last year ( Agrow No 619, p 9) and is due to review the scope of REACH this year. The two member states urged it to consider if REACH demands are undermining the competitiveness of European businesses.

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