Environmental law practitioners in the United States will want to take note of these new product- based measures for several reasons. First, as the EU is the largest trading partner of the United States, these new product-based measures are critically important to U.S. companies. Second, in conditioning market access to adherence with new product standards, the EU is, in effect, establishing global product standards, as few U.S. companies can afford to ignore a potential consumer market that is now much larger than the United States or even all of North America. In this regard, in-house counsel and environmental health and safety managers face new and difficult challenges as they work to understand and anticipate new product-based mandates in Europe.
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