The European Commission published a Chemicals Strategy for SustainabilityTowards a Toxic-Free Environment on 14 October 2020. It is part of the EU’s zero pollution ambition, which is a key commitment of the Green Pact for Europe.
The objectives are to better protect citizens and the environment and to stimulate innovation for safe and sustainable chemicals.
Flagship initiatives include: phasing out the most harmful substances in consumer products; minimising and replacing as far as possible the presence of substances of concern in all products; taking into account the combined effect of chemicals; ensuring that producers and consumers have access to information on chemical content and safe use.
For Tony Musu, senior researcher at the ETUI and expert on chemical risks, “consumers and the environment are the big beneficiaries of this strategy, but workers are the big forgotten ones”.