France takes first steps towards national substitution regulation

On 14 January, the French National Assembly voted for adoption and first study of a new regulation to promote substitution. The regulation is called DETOX and has been proposed by Jean-Louis Roumégas from the group écologiste. The regulation aims at providing incentives and support for companies to substitute hazardous chemicals and for customers to receive more information on the chemical content of products through labelling. Alan Vidal from the French government supported the proposal, which he says is ”an important contribution to steer businesses towards a better health situation for France and increased competitiveness for French companies.” Jean-Louis Roumégas from the group écologiste thinks this regulation is a first step towards consumer safety. This proposal is an answer to our concerned citizens. Study after study has shown to them that they are exposed to hazardous chemicals through their food, furniture, cosmetics, infusion bags in hospitals and from toys, he says. ChemSec believes this is an important proposal. There is a need for incentives and for information exchange about alternatives. The candidate list provides the bottom line of what substances needs to be substituted legally within a near future. To be able to plan substitution and innovation well in time it is wise to use other tools to predict upcoming regulations as well as future consumer demands. Our SIN List is such a tool, and the EDCs on the SIN List are already high on the agenda for a number of companies, financial investors, consumer organisations and in procurement processes, says Anna Lennquist, senior toxicologist at ChemSec. Further information is available at: Adopted text (in French)

ChemSec, 15 January 2016 ; ;