06 January 2006 19:50 [Source: ICIS news]
WASHINGTON (ICIS news)--US chemical industry leaders will press the European Union (EU) in coming months to ensure that the US private sector testing programme for high production volume (HPV) chemicals is recognised and accepted under the EU Reach programme.
Bob Slaughter, president of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), told ICIS news that NPRA member companies are anxious to see EU recognition of the already extensive testing work that has been done by US chemical firms on some 2,200 chemicals regarding their health-related and environmental properties.
Slaughter said it appears reasonable that final provisions in the EU’s nearly complete programme for registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals (Reach) should accept the test results already conducted under the ?xml:namespace>
Under the US HPV programme - initiated by the industry in 1998 in co-operation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - more than 400 producers and consortia of producers have funded testing on chemicals that meet the HPV criteria of being produced or imported in volumes above 1m pounds/year (454 tonne/year).
A follow-up programme was launched last year and termed the extended HPV or EHPV programme, provides for voluntary private-sector testing of a further 574 chemicals that have reached the 454 tonne/year level in the years since the HPV standard was first set.
“We have been working assiduously to ensure that the HPV testing that’s been done in the
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