Germany secures delay in EU chemical reform deal: ‘Germany succeeded on Friday in delaying a decision by European Union states on a landmark bill to test and register thousands of chemicals produced in and imported into the EU that could cost industry billions of euros’.
Update: What is REACH? REACH is a new European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use (EC 1907/2006). It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances.
The aim of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances. At the same time, innovative capability and competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry should be enhanced. The benefits of the REACH system will come gradually, as more and more substances are phased into REACH.