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The chemical strategy turns one year today, here’s what we think it should deliver before it turns two

Was the Chemical Strategy for Sustainability a success? As we celebrate its one-year anniversary today, on the 14th of October, it is far too early to say. We can however conclude that the strategy and the policies it proposes are still important and needed, and that it has given the chemical issues an appropriate level of attention amongst policy makers.

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We’re speaking at the Commission’s high-level meeting on chemicals today, here’s what we’re going to say

The Chemicals Strategy gives clear direction on how the transition towards safe and sustainable chemicals should be achieved. Many European companies are already well on their way towards sustainability, fully in line with the Commission’s Chemicals Strategy. A fully realised and implemented Chemicals Strategy will greatly support their work and ambitions for this ongoing transition.

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Hazardous chemicals are holding back the safe and sustainable by design approach

Avoiding substances of concern is the very first step when implementing a safe and sustainable by design process, and chemical safety is a key criterion for sustainable products, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). This is most welcome validation of facts that we at ChemSec have known and talked about for a long time.