February 2005

Special Report: Clean Fuels

It’s not too soon to prepare for new EU chemicals legislation

Regulation in Europe is on the verge of a radical transformation. What does this mean for the downstream oil industry?

New laws in the European Union (EU) will introduce a fundamental paradigm shift in the traditional roles that authorities and industry have assumed. In contrast to the existing EU chemicals regime, in which responsibility lies with the authorities to demonstrate that a chemical poses a risk to human health or the environment, under a proposed mandate, responsibility will migrate from the authorities to industry to demonstrate that a chemical can be handled safely without endangering human health or the environment. The future of EU chemicals control ? under which petroleum substances are regulated ? has been intensely discussed for the past several years. Following the EU Commission's

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