Environment & Energy Report

More Scrutiny of Chemical Registrations Ahead, EU Agency Says

May 23, 2019, 7:29 PM

Companies trading chemicals in the European Union may face more scrutiny over the extent of safety information they provide to regulators.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), which administers the EU’s REACH chemicals law, said it wants to increase fourfold the share of substance registration dossiers that it’s obliged to check, meaning companies would face a one-in-five chance of getting flagged.

Under REACH (Regulation No. 1907/2006 on the registration, evaluation, and authorization of chemicals), the Helsinki-based agency is required to check at least 5% of the registration dossiers it receives for the completeness of their substance safety and exposure information....

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