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EU Green Deal Could Overhaul Chemical Hazard Assessments

Dec. 11, 2019, 4:30 PM

The European Union could overhaul the way it assesses the hazards of chemicals as part of the28-nation bloc’s wide-ranging Green Deal action plan.

A “chemicals strategy for sustainability” intended to “ensure a toxic-free environment” would be proposed next summer, the European Commission said in the Green Deal plan published Dec. 11.

The commission, the EU’s executive arm, said the chemicals strategy would propose changing assessments so that each substance is assessed only once, rather than multiple times in the context of different laws. The commission was unable to give further details.

EU laws also need to be made stricter “to ...