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Europe | 24th March 2021

Judgment of the EU Court requires change of approach to chemical authorisation
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Judgment of the EU Court requires change of approach to chemical authorisation

ClientEarth and ChemSec wrote an open letter to Thierry Breton, the EU Commissioner for the Internal Market (DG GROW).

A recent judgment of the Court of Justice makes it clear DG GROW has been getting the law wrong on a key part of EU chemicals law – when to authorise the use of the most hazardous substances. The authorisation ruled illegal by the Court of Justice is not, unfortunately, a one-off mistake. It is
the tip of the iceberg. This case is an illustration of the lenient policy the Commission has been
applying in implementing the authorisation process of REACH, from the start.

ClientEarth and ChemSec are calling for significant changes in the way authorisations for use of harmful chemicals are handled.

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