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European Union - Thirteenth Report

Here you can browse the report which was ordered by the House of Lords to be printed 12 February 2002.


REDUCING THE RISK

REGULATING INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS

CONTENTS

  

  • PART 1: OVERVIEW AND SUMMARY
  • The Commission's White Paper
  • The importance of chemicals
  • Purpose of the White Paper
  • Current EU policy
  • Proposals for reform
  • How practical are the proposals?
  • The priority—chemicals of very high concern
  • Resources, particularly for developing alternatives to animal testing
  • The debate continues
  • PART 2: INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
  • Chemicals Policy: the Opportunity for debate provided by the
  • European Commission's White Paper
  • Opinion of the Council and European parliament
  • The Committee's Inquiry
  • Relationship with the Select Committee on Animals in Scientific Procedures
  • PART 3: THE PRESENT ARRANGEMENTS AND THE WHITE PAPER'S  PROPOSALS FOR IMPROVEMENT
  • Existing EU Chemicals Policy
  • Notification of New Chemicals Before Marketing
  • Assessing Existing Chemicals
  • Restrictions on Marketing and Use
  • Classification, packaging and labelling
  • Pesticides and "biocides"
  • Export of Dangerous Chemicals
  • Transport of Dangerous Goods
  • Worker Protection
  • Other Areas
  • International Organisations and Agreements
  • UK Chemicals Policy
  • Terminology
  • Pressure for the White Paper
  • Changes Proposed by the White Paper
  • Registration
  • Evaluation
  • Authorisation
  • A "Central Entity"
  • Summary of changes proposed
  • The present regime for existing substances
  • Data Collection
  • Priority Setting
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk reduction
  • Lack of progress under Existing Substances Regulation
  • Proposals for overcoming deficiencies of the Existing Substances Regulation
  • Data collection
  • Risk assessment and reduction
  • Authorisation
  • Other programmes for existing substances
  • PART 4: EVIDENCE TO THE INQUIRY AND THE COMMITTEE'S OPINIONS
  • An ambitious programme
  • The Current Schemes
  • A single system
  • Prioritisation and deadlines
  • The authorisation system
  • Resources for regulatory authorities
  • A "Central Entity"—the European Chemicals Bureau
  • Decision Making
  • Role and Responsibility of Industry
  • Downstream users
  • Imported Products
  • Post-Marketing Surveillance
  • International Experience
  • Transparency and Stakeholder involvement
  • Animal testing
  • In conclusion—the Way Forward
  • PART 5: SUMMARY OF CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
  • The White Paper is overambitious
  • The current schemes and the case for a "single system"
  • Prioritisation and deadlines
  • The authorisation system
  • Resources for regulatory authorities
  • A "Central Entity"
  • Decision-making procedures
  • Proposal to transfer responsibility to industry for conducting
  • preliminary risk assessments
  • Downstream users
  • Imported products
  • Post-marketing surveillance
  • International co-operation
  • Stakeholder involvement and transparency
  • Animal testing
  • In conclusion—the way forward
  • Recommendation to the House
  • Appendix 1 Membership of Sub-Committee D

    Appendix 2 Call for Evidence

    Appendix 3 List of Witnesses

    Appendix 4 Conclusions from the Environment Council, 7 June 2001 Chemicals Policy

    List of Acronyms


     
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