New chemicals legislation needs improvement

CHOICE says the draft legislation for new chemicals reforms needs improvement
 
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01.Legislation needs to deliver on reforms

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CHOICE says the legislation for the Australian Government’s reforms to agricultural and veterinary chemicals needs to be improved.

In a preliminary submission on the draft legislation, CHOICE has welcomed the intent of the proposed changes, but says the legislation is overly complex and needs to be improved.

In particular, CHOICE has drawn attention to the absence of guiding principles for a risk-based framework for the assessment and reconsideration of chemicals.

CHOICE says the application of a risk-based framework is a centre-piece of the proposed reforms to chemical use, and should for example ensure that high-risk chemicals are subject to greater regulatory oversight and shorter regulation periods, and ensure the protection of human health and the environment is prioritised over plant protection.

The Government is currently inviting public comment on the proposed reforms until 29 February 2012, and intends to introduce legislation into the Parliament soon after in 2012.

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