Chemical control measures: comparison of the approaches in the EU and the US at Federal and State level
(Delegation of the European Commission to the US)
Chemical substances have a variety of applications in our daily life. Growing awareness of the environmental and health risks posed by chemicals has led to the development of legal provisions regulating chemicals production, processing and use. However, legislation can be based on different approaches and principles. This paper does not intend to make an exhaustive comparative analysis of the EU and US chemical policies, but aims at giving an overview of and the differences between these policies. It also indicates which lessons can be drawn from experience at both sides of the Atlantic for the further development of the new EU chemicals managenent legislation (REACH) and a future overhaul of the US TSCA system.
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