Downstream Users Emphasize Focusing On Risk In Europe’s Chemical Strategy for Sustainability
At European Chemicals Agency’s virtual Safer Chemicals Conference, officials representing the agency, the EC, industry and nonprofits discuss the path forward on Chemical Strategy for Sustainability, which includes concepts intended to spur developing chemicals vetted for human and environmental safety.
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