chapter  8
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The Ethical and Political Framework of Regulation

Previous chapters have shown how UK government and European Union (EU) policy conceives the regulation of chemicals as a matter of reducing the risks from chemicals while maintaining the economic and other benefits of their production and use. Regulation is seen as a matter of striking the right balance between protecting human health and the environment and preserving existing economic activities that produce and use chemicals. To assess whether the right balance has been struck regulations are subject to ‘socio-economic analysis’, in which costs are compared to benefits.