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Framework for Promoting Transatlantic Economic Integration, Annex I: Fostering Cooperation and Reducing Regulatory Barriers, B. Sectoral Cooperation--Chemicals and Nanomaterials

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
June 1, 2009


Points of Contact

European Commission:
U.S. Government:
John Shoaff, Team Leader, Environment Assistance Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA
Telephone: +1-202-564-0531
EU Delegation in Washington:
U.S. Mission to the EU:
Ashley Miller, FCS


Trans Atlantic Economic Framework, Annex I, B.3(e).


To eliminate unnecessary regulatory divergences in key sectors including chemicals.


The European Commission and the United States continue their commitment to regulatory cooperation on chemicals. They will also encourage steps to ensure the transparency of the implementation of regulatory regimes. Working through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its European Commission and European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) counterparts, they will examine the means of increasing cooperation within the OECD with a view to accelerating work on key issues linked to regulation of chemical substances.

At OECD chemicals meetings over the course of 2008 and 2009, progress has been made, for instance, in developing a future programme on the co-operative assessment of chemicals in addition to other issue areas and activities. This contributes to shared savings and benefits while facilitating transatlantic cooperation.

Next Steps

Regulatory counterparts will continue to meet to share information, expertise and look for opportunities to collaborate and align activities toward common interests or outcomes.

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