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Editorial: The EU White Paper: Strategy for a Future Chemicals Policy (an Idea that Must Have Seemed Good at the Time!)


Robert Combes

The publication in 2001 of a White Paper on a new European Union (EU) initiative, entitled Strategy for a Future Chemicals Policy, has caused great concern among scientists and animal welfare groups about a possibly huge increase in the use of laboratory animals to cope with the further testing of some 30,000 existing chemicals in use in the EU. Also, a burden has been placed on chemical manufacturers and downstream users (for example, companies that use chemicals as ingredients in the manufacture of other products) to provide hazard data and to undertake separate risk assessments, as part of the overall process of risk management.