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Known Unknowns

April 4, 2011 Leave a comment

By Baskut Tuncak

Baskut Tuncak, Staff Attorney

In reflecting on his revolutionary achievements, Sir Isaac Newton explained, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”  Implicit in this statement is the recognition of information as an essential part of the foundation for technological innovation.

In the 21st century, information has captured the attention of a broad spectrum of actors, namely:  authors (James Gleick), on its historical role; internet powerhouses (Google), as a matter of foreign policy; and even the U.S. Supreme Court (FCC v. AT&T Inc.), with respect to a corporation’s right to privacy.

While the importance of information isn’t exactly a new idea, in the world of chemical policy, the confidentiality of certain types of information can directly affect public health and hinder the innovation of safer alternatives.  Read more…

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The Long REACH of Chemical Information

December 1, 2010 2 comments

By Daryl Ditz

December 1, 2010 marks the beginning of a new chapter for REACH, the flagship European Union (EU) law affecting thousands of industrial chemicals … with important implications for the United States and other countries. Beginning today, companies operating in the EU cannot make or import high-volume, or certain high-hazard, chemicals unless they have been “registered,” which requires submitting basic safety data to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

The rationale of registration is summed up by the catchphrase “no data, no market.” In other words, from this point forward it will be illegal to manufacture, import or use such chemicals within the EU, a market which now numbers 500 million consumers, unless companies provide necessary information on health hazards, human exposures and safety. This requirement now applies to chemicals produced or imported above 1,000 metric tons per year, as well as smaller volume chemicals identified as causing cancer, birth defects or reproductive damage.

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