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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Certain chemicals found in products and materials make it more difficult to reuse and recycle these products – creating a challenge to ‘closing the loop’ in the circular economy. The European Commission plans to tackle this now by focusing on the interaction between chemicals, products...


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 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....