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EU Commissioners announce decisions on moving the implementation of REACH forward

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Although the REACH law has been in force for two and a half years, there have been some parts of its implementation that have been stalled due to disagreements between the EU Member States, the European Commission, and other entities, as well as between different sections of the European Commission itself.

In late March, the new Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik and Vice President and Commissioner of Industry and Entrepreneurship Antonio Tajani announced their approach to resolving three issues affecting the implementation of REACH during their visit to the European Chemicals Agency.

These issues concern; 1) Persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic substances, and how companies must identify whether they are these chemicals and how to control their risks;

2) how the most harmful chemicals are put on REACH’s most harmful, or candidate list; and

3) whether all companies applying for an authorization must do a substitution plan or an assessment of alternatives only in some cases.

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Written on 23 April 2010.

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