|New chemicals come onto the market every day.|
However, industry officials, lawmakers and environmental groups have different opinions as to what the new legislation should look like.
A new report from Indiana University examines the European Union’s new law on chemicals, which went into effect in 2006.
Their new chemicals law is called REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals), and the Indiana researchers say the United States can learn a lot from the European experience with REACH.
The EU law makes the industry responsible for proving the safety of the chemical, not government.
The key principle in the registration process is “no data, no market”, meaning manufacturers, producers and importers need to provide a minimum safety-related data set for many existing chemicals.
A clear definition of safety is important in any chemicals law reform, the researchers say.
The US should focus on reducing risks to human health and the environment and make it easier for industry to comply by allowing cross-Atlantic recognition of registration dossiers.
Source: Indiana University
Chemicals remain a concern until the reform
With the burden of proof of safety (or danger) resting on government, most US residents continue to be exposed to a wide variety of chemicals that may or may not be harmful to human health.
In some cases, for example bisphenol A, phthalates, formaldehyde, tetrachloroethylene and more, the danger has been identified, yet the chemicals continue to be around.
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