The European Commission has initiated an ambitious work to define criteria for what chemicals and materials are to be considered safe and sustainable by design. This week, ChemSec is submitting our opinion on the topic in a stakeholder survey that will help identify how this can be done.
The Chemical Strategy acknowledges the urgency to speed up the phaseout of hazardous chemicals, and one important step in that direction is to allow the most harmful chemicals only for “essential use”. Here’s a chance for you to learn more about the concept and how it may be applied.
Some chemicals come back over and over again, not unlike Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character “Terminator”. One of those chemicals is resorcinol, an endocrine disruptor which we added to the SIN List back in 2011.
During this webinar, you can expect to receive an overview of the implications of the Cosmetics Directive revision and what they mean for your business, as well as what you can do to avoid facing negative consequences of revised legislation and ensure that your business is compliant.
The aims of the Chemical Strategy to phase out ALL substances of very high concern from all consumer products gave us that “wow” feeling. Now it’s up to the European Commission to put words into action and start delivering on that sentiment, using the tools we already have.
EU authorities recently reported that the production and use of hazardous chemicals in everyday products have been reduced by 97 percent in the EU. However, the official registry for chemical volumes doesn’t show any reduction at all.
Experts agree that the data in the registry is off. The problem is that important regulatory actions designed to protect EU citizens from hazardous chemicals are based on this incorrect data.
The third time’s the charm for the European Chemicals Agency, ECHA, who have stepped up their efforts and are communicating their actions better in the Integrated Regulatory Strategy annual report for 2020, compared to the two previous ones.
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.
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.