Column: Europe's REACH regulation is ahead of U.S.'s TSCA reform

09/3/2010 | Environmental Leader

The current REACH regulation in Europe, which stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals, was implemented in 2007 and is similar to the U.S.'s Toxic Substances Control Act and the California Green Chemistry initiative, writes Russell McCann, CEO of Actio. However, enforcement and implementation of the TSCA have been more troublesome for the U.S. as states try to enact their own laws that result in a "mishmash" of rules and standards. Chemical firms have also been on board with the initiative, but the problem still lies with the formulation of universal rules that all stakeholders will adhere to, he adds.

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