Thursday, November 10, 2005
European Parliament leaders agree to REACH compromise, enhancing the likelihood that the EU Council will vote next week on adopting REACH.
Planet Ark reports:
Changes agreed by major political parties bring the Parliament's version of REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) closer in line with the draft being discussed by European Union member states put together by Britain, current holder of the EU presidency.
REACH was designed to protect people from the adverse effects of chemicals found in a wide range of products such as paint, detergents, cars and computers. Chemical makers would have to register the properties of substances with a central EU database. Those of highest concern, such as carcinogens, would require authorisation to be used.
The parliament compromise reduces the number of substances in the low-tonnage category that would require tests for registration from 40% to 30%. That category applies to chemicals that are produced or imported in amounts of between one and 10 tonnes a year, estimated to be between 17,500 and 20,000 substances.