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Reach is Likely to Challenge EU Competitiveness

1:51 PM MDT | June 6, 2007 |

Alex Scott in Brussels

The European Union’s (EU) Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals (Reach) legislation, which came into force on June 1, will have a major impact on the region’s competitiveness in chemicals, but the precise effect remains open to debate, some industry firms say. The EU chemical industry—led by Cefic—has, since the inception of Reach, argued that the legislation will damage competitiveness. However, representatives of the U.S. chemical industry—including ACC—have claimed repeatedly that Reach is a smokescreen...

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