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REACH could learn a thing or two from other legal frameworks

When applicants in the authorisation process claim there are no safer alternatives for them to use, regulators take their word for it.

But the authorisation process is not the only area of EU law where companies apply for some kind of permit and include a market analysis together with the applications. For example, there is a very similar legal process for companies applying for merger clearance.

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Analysis: The parliament’s rejection of the EDC criteria proposal is a victory for democracy

On the 4th October the EU Parliament voted against the Commission’s proposed criteria for identifying endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Coming this far – to a proposal accepted by a majority of Member States – has been anything but straightforward. Paved by scandals, dirty industry lobbying and lawsuits, the proposal’s shaky journey has ended…