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The European Commission has studied ways for assessing the health and environmental benefits of the REACH and CLP Regulations.
The REACH Regulation, for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, dates from 2006. The CLP Regulation, which dates from 2008, covers the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.
This is not an easy exercise, because these regulations cannot by themselves account for the changes observed. Nevertheless, the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment has published a 388-page report on the question.
Work-related skin diseases and respiratory problems (such as asthma) are the diseases best studied in this report. Based on data from only two countries, the Commission asserts that the gradual reduction in these diseases caused by exposure to chemical substances made it possible to save between €1.59 and €1.87m and €249.9m respectively between 2004 and 2013.