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Replacing Phthalates

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.

The Missing Piece – Chemicals in Circular Economy

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.

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REACH – What does it cost? (2004)

This four page fact sheet states that the estimated costs for the chemical industry to implement REACH are less than a bar of chocolate, divided on all EU citizens. The estimated costs are €2.3 billion, which corresponds to around 50 cent per EU citizen per year. The benefits for wildlife and the environment have not been calculated in any of the studies. Surely 0.05% of the chemical industry’s annual cost is a small price to pay for better protection of wildlife and human health?

Cry wolf – predicted costs by industry in the face of new regulations (2004)

The REACH legislation constitutes a long awaited reform, but unfortunately, unprecedented efforts by the chemical industry has weaken the proposal. The main tactic of the chemical industry has been to claim that the costs of compliance could spell ruination for chemical dependent industry and Europe itself. This report reviews earlier estimates produced by industry of the costs of compliance and compares these with the actual outcomes.

Protecting our patients’ health – supporting new legislation that will reduce exposure to hazardous chemicals (2004)

This four page fact sheet from ChemSec and Health Care Without Harm explains what what chemical exposure means for our health and highligts REACH out of a health perspective. Here it is stated that 15 percent of couples in Europe are infertile, that more and more children are suffering from allergies and that nearly 23 percent of all employees in Europe are exposed to carcinogenic substances at work. Concrete examples of what health care professionals can do regarding this is also listed.