REACH revision: Better chemical safety for a Toxic-free environment


Marking the 15th anniversary of the introduction of the EU’s REACH Regulation on chemical safety, EU policy makers and experts warn the current regulation is falling short of protecting consumers from the harmful effects of chemicals.

The 1st of June 2022, marked the 15th anniversary of introduction of the REACH Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. In a webinar event last week, policy makers and experts came together to discuss its revision, as part of the Commission’s European Chemical Strategy for Sustainability, which aims to achieve the zero-pollution by 2050.

Host of the event Swedish S&D deputy Jytte Guteland, and experts in the field of precision toxicology discussed both the regulatory and scientific progress made up to now, to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of chemicals.

However more needed to be done. “Despite what is probably the most stringent chemical regulation in the world and the tremendous work of the various EU regulatory agencies, over the last 15 years, only a small fraction of chemicals has adequately been tested for safety in the EU,” said Guteland.

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The Parliament Magazine, 8-06-22