REACHforLIFE companies warn of EU's aversion to risk-based analysis

23 January 2009 15:31  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--The EU’s approach to controlling chemicals is sidelining risk-based analysis, speciality chemical companies warned on Friday.

Scientific evidence is not being taken into account in EU policy making, Chemtura, Albemarle and ICL Industrial Products, all members of the REACHforLIFE campaign said.

Possible reclassification of the solvent n-propyl bromide (nPB) and recent compromises on the control of pesticides on the EU market were examples of this, they added.

The use of nPB could be restricted because of its ozone-depleting potential without justification, the lobby group claimed. The EU could go-it-alone in banning this chemical while the United Nations seeks more data for evaluation.

New pesticide controls being discussed by the EU could see some widely used chemicals banned and threatens the efficient production of certain crops.

Scientific inconsistencies cause serious concerns for consumers and environmental protection, the companies warned.

“The risk-based approach should remain the template for EU chemicals policy in general, both to ensure consistency in decision-making and to better protect the consumer and the environment,” they said in a statement.

REACHforLIFE, formed by the three companies in June last year, says it is calling for the EU’s comprehensive legislative infrastructure for chemicals, of which risk assessments and the new Reach legislative process form an integral part, “to be trusted and upheld”.

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By: Nigel Davis
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