The EU has comprehensive chemicals legislation, spearheaded by REACH, to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment. Specific groups of chemicals such as biocides are covered by their own legislation.


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Europe’s air quality has improved, but more progress is needed to reduce ammonia emissions, 95 % of which are caused by agriculture. To meet the targets set by the new National Emissions Ceilings Directive, the agricultural sector should use proven cost-effective ways of lowering ammonia...


European legislation that came into force six years ago has made the use of chemicals in the European Union considerably safer, according to a new Commission report. While noting that improvements can still be made in the implementation of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction...


European legislation which will apply from 1 September 2013 will update and simplify existing procedures for authorising the sale of biocidal products in the Union. These will continue to ensure a high level of protection for the environment and human health, while reducing costs for manufacturers....