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Too early to celebrate REACH

Flaws and weaknesses, say environmental and health NGOs.

25.05.2007 |Sonja Haider

The press release: Too early to celebrate REACH; the German version.

One week before the European Union’s new chemicals legislation – REACH - enters into force (1 June 2007), European environmental, women’s, health and consumer groups have warned in an open letter to the European Commission that REACH cannot be celebrated until it is strengthened to provide proper health and environmental protection...

The open letter to Geert Dancet, Interim Acting Director, European Chemicals Agency.

Dear Commissioners,

After nine years of debate, REACH finally enters into force next week. Even though the law will move Europe towards a new approach to chemicals regulation, we believe that it is far too early to celebrate. REACH has flaws and loopholes and is vulnerable to further weakening in the future...