Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) Is but the First Step-How Far Will It Take Us? Six Further Steps to Improve the European Chemicals Legislation
2010 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives, ISSN 0091-6765, E-ISSN 1552-9924, Vol. 118, no 1, 6-10 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
OBJECTIVES: In this commentary we analyze how much data will in fact be generated within REACH. CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that the data requirements for many end points still have not been determined but depend on prioritization criteria and waiving practices that will be decided in the years to come. We propose six important steps toward an improved REACH: a) Clarify prioritization and waiving criteria. Implement decisions to ensure that sufficient data are obtained to make first hazard assessments of as many substances and end points as possible. b) Increase data requirements. Introduce data requirements similar to those currently required for substances produced or imported in quantities of 10 metric tons/year for substances produced or imported in quantities of >= 1 metric tons/year. c) Develop the tests and approaches needed to satisfy the information requirements taking into account resource limitations and the aim to reduce animal testing. d) Promote substitution of high risk chemicals. Create an effective process for identifying substances of very high concern and for making the appropriate risk management decisions for these substances. e) Address the control of substances incorporated in articles. And f) acknowledge uncertainties. Systematically report lack of data and include this as a basis for risk management.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 118, no 1, 6-10 p.
chemicals control, classification and labeling, hazard assessment, REACH, regulatory testing
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-19101DOI: 10.1289/ehp.0901157ISI: 000273292800018ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77149159070OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-19101DiVA: diva2:337148
QC 201005252010-08-052010-08-05Bibliographically approved