EU Chemicals Policy

01-09-2001

The current chemicals policy has several problems. There is a lack of knowledge about the dangers of many chemicals on the EU market. This makes it difficult to assess their risks properly and to make informed decisions about controlling those risks. The current process of risk assessment is much too slow. Only a handful of chemical substances are assessed at EU level each year. The main objectives of the chemicals review are to develop a new, integrated and coherent chemicals policy and to modernise the regulatory framework to encourage innovation, competitiveness and the efficient working of the internal market.

The current chemicals policy has several problems. There is a lack of knowledge about the dangers of many chemicals on the EU market. This makes it difficult to assess their risks properly and to make informed decisions about controlling those risks. The current process of risk assessment is much too slow. Only a handful of chemical substances are assessed at EU level each year. The main objectives of the chemicals review are to develop a new, integrated and coherent chemicals policy and to modernise the regulatory framework to encourage innovation, competitiveness and the efficient working of the internal market.

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María Perez Louro, former Ramón y Cajal scholar