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EU agency puts chemicals on trial

The European Chemicals Agency has listed 300 substances to receive further assessment ahead of possible regulatory action.

The selection was made through an automated IT screening of the EU’s REACH database to identify chemicals that may be carcinogenic, toxic to specific organs or disrupt endocrine functions, for example.

Nearly 1,500 companies have registered as being users or manufacturers of the shortlisted substances. They will be able to update the corresponding files to help member state authorities assess if the concerns raised during the screening are justified, and whether regulatory action is needed to restrict a chemical’s use, the ECHA said in a statement. 

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