Policy makers need to take a broad approach in their assessments of whether to regulate a chemical or not. Since the ultimate aim is to protect human health and environment, while stimulating economic growth at the same time, one must include the costs and benefits for all involved parties. Failing to do so will cause regulation to misfire and favour laggards instead of frontrunners, as well as create barriers to innovation and weakened protection for the environment.
The first legislative process to be negotiated in the transition towards a circular economy is the waste package.
To date a number of chemicals have been officially identified as EDCs under the existing European chemicals regulation REACH. This shows that EDCs can be identified on a case-by-case basis even in the absence of criteria. Using this approach, ChemSec has identified 32 EDC substances that can be regulated today under the existing legal framework.