EU’s New Chemical Policy Will Hurt U.S. Competitiveness

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Courtesy of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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On May 7, 2003, the European Commission (EC) issued draft regulations for its New Chemical Policy (NCP). An eight-week comment period, which ended on July 10, attracted responses from chemical manufacturers around the world.

The draft regulations, based on policies that the EU outlined two years ago (CP, January, p. 7) would change, fundamentally, the basis for regulating chemicals. Traditionally, the burden of proof for demonstrating product safety has fallen upon the government. Under the NCP, the onus would shift to suppliers and downstream users.

NCP rests upon a hazard-based chemicals review process. As drafted, the regulations could be exceedingly burdensome, impractical and costly to implement.

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