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Exchange of views on REACH implementation held in Environment Committee

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An exchange of views with the Commission on the implementation of REACHi was held in Parliament’s Environment Committee earlier this month. Richard Seeber (Group of the European People’s Party, Austria) wanted the Commission to explain why the number of animal tests is much higher than foreseen, and what the Commission is planning to do to tackle this. Jo Leinen (Socialists and Democrats, Germany) inquired into what preparations ECHAi will make for the first registration phase, due to end on 1 December 2010. He also asked whether the ECHA funding model (from fees paid by businesses) was sustainable. Carl Schlyter (Group of the Greens, Sweden) asked the Commission why it had not come forward with amendments to Annex XIII on persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) or very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) substances, even though a review found numerous deficiencies in the provision. MEPs also expressed concern about overlaps between REACH and other EU legislation, such as the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive.

A list of oral questions put to the Commission on the implementation of REACH can be found here:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//NONSGML+COMPARL+PE-428.294+01+DOC+PDF+V0//EN&language=EN