The adoption of REACH in the EU is an important issue beyond the legislation itself. It creates great opportunities for NGOs in other parts of the world to gear up their campaigns against toxic pollution. This booklet aims to guide the reader to the basics of the new EU chemicals regulation and to inspire NGOs to use it to promote better regulation and practices in other parts of the world.
As new information emerges on the potential dangers of hazardous chemicals, and as consumer awareness grows, individual companies are waking up to the implications for their brand image and overall competitiveness. This report takes a closer look at various aspects of substitution and describes the substitution efforts of progressive businesses, some of them in the ChemSec Business Group.
Since 2003 ChemSec has printed the proposals for the REACH legislation to encourage participation. We will not print the final legislative text, but it is available for download here.