September 22, 2008

NGOs' Chemical List for Dummies

Public activists and non-government organizations especially in Europe seem to know more about the risks and hazards of specific chemical products more than the chemical producers and consumers themselves.

Take for example the list of "high concern" chemicals called the Reach SIN list 1.0 provided by the International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec), the Sweden-based nonprofit organisation dedicated to working towards a toxic free environment (according to their website's intro). The list was developed with the collaboration of other environmental groups.

According to ICIS News ( subscription required), nearly 300 chemicals are on the list compared to only 16 chemicals nominated by European member states to be included on a list of "substances of very high concern" (SVHC), as agreed under the registration and evaluation of European chemicals legislation known as Reach.

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