Eurocodes and REACH - differences and similarities
2007 (English)In: Risk Management: An International Journal, ISSN 1460-3799, no 19, 19-35 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The developments of the new European construction standard (Eurocodes) and the new European chemical legislation (REACH) have taken place in parallel, and they are now both in their final stages. Both consist in European harmonization of safety regulations that concern major industries. In this paper, we compare Eurocodes and REACH in terms of purpose, intended level of harmonization, the science-policy interface and controversies about the costs of the regulations. We have found that the science-policy interface of REACH is characterized by public controversy and by attempts to keep risk assessment and risk management apart while the science-policy interface of Eurocodes is characterized by trust in experts, limited public involvement and organizational confluence of risk assessment and risk management. Furthermore, the costs of REACH have been a major issue in discussions between the Commission and the chemical industry while, in contrast, the costs of Eurocodes have not even been calculated either by the Commission or by the construction industry. A major reason for this is that construction industry does not seem to regard possible cost increases due to Eurocodes as a threat to their business interests. Regulators seem to have treated the cost issue as a business interest, not as an aspect of the decision that they should be concerned with even in the absence of external pressure.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. no 19, 19-35 p.
Eurocodes, REACH, policy, science, chemicals, construction
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6002DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.rm.8250022OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6002DiVA: diva2:10567
QC 20101110. Uppdaterad från Submitted till Published (20101110).2006-04-142006-04-142012-02-02Bibliographically approved