The European Commission has published its new Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability as part of the European Green Deal. ECHA welcomes the strategy and looks forward to supporting its implementation.

The chemicals strategy highlights that chemicals are fundamental for society and that a robust framework is needed to make the legislation stronger and more coherent.

The EU’s chemicals strategy aims to :

● better protect citizens and the environment

● boost innovation for safe and sustainable chemicals

● banning the most harmful chemicals in consumer products – allowing their use only where essential

● account for the cocktail effect of chemicals when assessing risks from chemicals

● phasing out the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the EU, unless their use is essential

● boosting the investment and innovative capacity for production and use of chemicals that are safe and sustainable by design, and throughout their life cycle

● promoting the EU’s resilience of supply and sustainability of critical chemicals

● establishing a simpler “one substance one assessment” process for the risk and hazard assessment of chemicals

● playing a leading role globally by championing and promoting high standards and not exporting chemicals banned in the EU


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