Health effects of chemicals need closer scrutinyBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7405.10-e (Published 03 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:10
- Nick Smallwood,
- Tessa Richards
- Tunbridge Wells
Radical reforms in the use and assessment of chemicals have been proposed in a report published in the United Kingdom last week by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.
The report, Chemicals in Products: Safeguarding the Environment and Human Health,warned that only 40 of the more than 30000 synthetic chemicals currently available on the UK market have been subjected to a systematic risk assessment. The long term effect of their use and dispersion into the environment is almost wholly unknown. “We are conducting a huge and unacceptable experiment on …