14 October 2002 00:00 [Source: ICB]
|Day: it may take until
early next year for
quality legislation to
Earlier this month, DG Environment and DG Enterprise appeared to be working to different schedules, with DG Environment wanting to meet the December deadline with proposals that were 'adjustable rather than being 100% perfect'.
DG Enterprise, however, wants to seek additional consultation before publishing next April. Catherine Day of DG Environment has said that if stakeholders want quality legislation, it might take until March.
Cefic's Ute Jensen Korte said the main objective as far as industry is concerned is to get a quality draft proposal, although she notes that industry is keen to see progress to bring an end to the current period of uncertainty.
Meanwhile, UK-based consultancy Risk & Policy Analysts has begun the second phase of a study looking at likely impacts of the Commission's chemicals policy White Paper. The study, which should be completed by December, follows up a couple of recommendations from the first phase published in June this year. These are how the review should treat chemicals in products; and a look at specific case studies of substances which may be uneconomic to submit to the review.
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