On May 14, 2014 the European Commission’s (EC) Directorate General on Trade published negotiating positions in the ongoing talks with the U.S. on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), following an initial publication of the EU’s position in July 2013. Chemicals are one of five sectors covered in the recent publication. In particular, the position on chemicals states that regulations on chemicals in the EU and U.S. differ significantly and therefore neither harmonisation nor mutual recognition are feasible. However, the EU wishes to prioritise chemicals for assessment and agree on best testing practices, to classify and label chemicals, to share efforts on identifying and addressing new or emerging issues, and to share data and ensure that confidential business information is protected effectively.

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DG Trade (May 14, 2014). “Ensuring transparency in EU-US trade talks: EU publishes negotiating positions in five more areas.”

DG Trade (May 14, 2014). “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Regulatory Issues: EU position on chemicals.