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Chemical management the North American way

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With so much attention focused on the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulations, US domestic manufacturers may be less aware than they should be of regulatory efforts in North America.

In August 2007, the United States, Canada, and Mexico entered into a regional agreement for assessing and managing potential chemical risks. The new effort, which was announced in Montebello, Quebec, seeks to ensure the safe manufacture and use of industrial chemicals.

This “Washington Watch” column discusses the Montebello Agreement, noting its origin in the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America and explaining its potential implications for the future. The discussion also provides context on other chemical management schemes -- particularly REACH.

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