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REACH and CEFIC’s conception of a feasible, information and priority based approach

Wolf-Rüdiger Bias
BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Ludwigshafen, Germany
Summary
The European Commission’s proposal for a new Chemicals Legislation, REACH, presented on 29 October 2003, is currently under strong discussion in the processes of the first readings in the EU-Council and in parallel in the EU-Parliament. The legislative proposal is highly complex and sets out formal, volume dependent information requirements for the registration of substances. It calls for submission of extensive documentation of all information underlying a safety assessment. CEFIC proposes a leaner, more flexible approach. The prerequisites for a more efficient system shall be explored.

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