Chemical law: REACH could increase safety of imported articles

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Contaminated sports gear from the Far East? International trade law says the EU could halt imports.
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The EU might introduce an authorization scheme for imported goods such as clothing, sports gear and toys in the REACH Regulation, to aim at a better protection of humans and the environment against Substances of Very High Concern in articles. An UBA study claims that the necessary amendment of the EU chemicals regulation REACH would not breach international trade law.

Another simple improvement could be achieved by introducing a standardized communication format to oblige manufacturers to indicate not only the name of the Substances of Very High Concern, but also the concentrations, total volumes and information about hazardous properties and safe use and disposal through the production chain.