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This paper outlines the approaches used in the European Union (EU) to determine the risks of existing chemical substances. It attempts to show why the existing chemicals regulation is formulated in the way it is and outlines where scientific decisions are made and where policy decisions are made. In order to understand the context in which regulatory decisions are made, based on risk assessment, the first section of this paper introduces the whole legislative framework which has been set up in order to make policy decisions, based on as much scientific evidence as possible. In the next section a short historic overview is given as to how the existing substances regulation came to being. Section three describes the Council Regulation (EEC) 793/93, outlining the general context in which risk assessment of existing chemicals must be carried out. The general principles as to how risk assessment is to be carried out in the EU is governed by Commission Regulation (EC) 1488/94 and is covered by section 4 of this paper.

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Authors: HANSEN B G, JRC Ispra (IT);MUNN S J, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: International Congress of Toxicology - ICT VIII, Paris (FR), 4-8 July 1998
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 41527 ORA
Record Number: 199811162 / Last updated on: 1998-10-09
Original language: en
Available languages: en