Working Report, 23/2002

In recent years, the debate among stakeholders concerning the role of the New Approach to develop health or environment-related standards has become highly polarised. It is in this context that the Workshop on the New Approach in Setting Product Standards for Safety, Environmental Protection and Human Health (Copenhagen, 29-30 November 2001) was convened. From the discussions that took place at the Copenhagen Workshop, it can be concluded that neither concept is "the best". Traditional methods and the "New Approach" can perhaps be better seen as developments, towards more refined instruments, with their own particular strengths and weaknesses. Seen from this perspective, the art in developing new legislation is to ensure that the most relevant form of instrument is chosen.

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