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Health effects of chemicals need closer scrutiny

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 03 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:10
  1. Nick Smallwood,
  2. Tessa Richards
  1. Tunbridge Wells
  2. BMJ

    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 …

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