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Chemicals without HarmPolicies for a Sustainable World$
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Ken Geiser

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012522

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012522.001.0001

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Considering New Initiatives

Considering New Initiatives

(p.61) 4 Considering New Initiatives
Chemicals without Harm

Ken Geiser

The MIT Press

While U.S. federal chemical policy development largely ceased after 1980, major developments occurred in other countries and internationally. In 2006 the European Union significantly overhauled the chemical policies of its twenty-six member counties. This new regulation required registration and full chemical information dossiers on all 143,000 chemicals manufactured and used in Europe and government authorization of those chemicals of very high concern. Since then, several Asian countries have passed new laws to harmonize with the new European standards. Meanwhile, several new treaties have been negotiated by the United Nations to manage chemicals in global chemical markets.

Keywords:   European Union, REACH, chemical authorization, “Precautionary Principle”, European Product Safety Directives, Asian chemical policies, United Nations Environment Program, multilateral environmental treaties, Stockholm Convention, SAICM

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