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EU Pushes Grouping of Chemicals as Way to Speed Up Assessments

June 3, 2020, 5:58 PM

Chemical companies in the European Union are watching with some trepidation as the bloc pushes to speed up safety assessments of substances by looking at them in large groups, rather than individually.

The approach could mean safety assessors can more quickly categorize chemicals as needing or not needing tighter controls. But it also could lead to banning useful substances if not done properly, chemical companies told Bloomberg Law.

“One potential pitfall is that substances would be grouped and evaluated in a negative way, in which a whole group of chemicals would be restricted, even though some in the group are ...