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By Stephen Gardner. The European Commission has proposed to amend a 2004 European Union directive on workplace safety by modifying occupational exposure limits for 13 carcinogenic substances.

The commission, the EU's executive arm, said in an impact assessment accompanying the proposal (13 May 2016) that the EU Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (2004/37/EC) was “outdated” and “not in line with scientific evidence.” New EU-wide exposure limits for the substances were needed because EU countries have varying national limits, meaning companies in countries with less-stringent controls could “benefit from an undue competitive advantage,” the commission added.

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