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Unlock the market: Economic incentives for alternatives to hazardous chemicals

By implementing economic incentives in EU chemicals legislation that would support companies who are moving away from hazardous chemicals, EU policy makers could stimulate the transition of the market towards sustainability more efficiently.

In the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, the European Commission highlights that substitution of the most harmful substances has not occurred at the expected pace and that companies that are leading the way still encounter major economic and technical barriers. This report shows that this is because the current legislative system has disfavoured the market for alternatives.

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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.

New chemicals policy in the EU – good or bad for companies? (2003)

In this first booklet ever produced by ChemSec, the new EU chemical legislation REACH is analysed from a corporate perspective. Here it is shown that a strong legislation means positive changes for companies that realise that environmental regulation creates new opportunities such as new markes for new, “greener products” and processes and improved trust among consumers, employees and investors.