This report has been written to provide an overview of a group of chemicals that is gaining more and more attention – phthalates. Without drowning you in details, it describes why, where and how phthalates are used and offers guidance on how to substitute them for safer alternatives.
This ChemSec publication highlights the piece that has been missing in the circular economy debate – hazardous chemicals. Designing and manufacturing products to be recycled is great, but without proper attention to chemicals, circular economy will never work.
On 7 March 2019, the European Court of Justice annulled an authorisation granted under REACH. For the first time, the court looked at the legality of an authorisation and more specifically on how to assess the availability of safer alternatives. Even if the ruling doesn’t provide an answer to all problems connected with European chemicals legislation, it does carve out a few lessons to be learned. For this reason, ChemSec and ClientEarth joined forces in a new report that aims to analyse the judgement and translate it into concrete actions for the future.
This ChemSec report analyses the socio-economic analysis that forms part of the REACH Authorisation process and argues that the current practices in preparing them do not yield satisfying results. In some cases, the procedure even threatens the aim of REACH.