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Two Novel Chemical Bills Proposed in Colombia

Published August 30, 2016

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Colombia may be the next Latin American country to move forward with a novel national comprehensive chemicals law to regulate chemicals and their risks. Like other countries in the region, Colombia has typically regulated chemicals in a piecemeal fashion - targeting specific chemicals (e.g., mercury or lead) or specific uses of chemicals (e.g., pesticides) and does not have common risk assessment standards that would govern all chemicals. Now, two separate bills - one in the Chamber of Deputies and one in the Senate - have been recently introduced into the Colombian legislature. Although not verbatim, the bills are quite similar and the first of their kind in Colombia that have been publicly available. If they gain traction, they could have significant implications for IHS EIATRACK members and their suppliers.

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