We need to pick up the pace when it comes to banning hazardous chemicals from consumer products. The Chemical Strategy recognizes this and outlines an ambitious plan going forward. But legislation takes time. The Restriction Roadmap, based on current regulations, promises us a head start until the new system is in place.
It has been 15 years since the implementation of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals), and 12 years since the CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures) regulation came into force.
Yet there are still hazardous chemicals in consumer products, a fact that worries 84% of the European population – and rightly so. This is a failure. Banning substances of concern one at a time clearly isn’t getting us anywhere fast.
A stricter and more generic approach
The Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, published last fall, acknowledges the gravity of the situation and commits to “ensure that consumer products […] do not contain chemicals that cause cancers, gene mutations, affect the reproductive or the endocrine system, or are persistent and bioaccumulative”.
ChemSec, 17 June 2021