EU chemicals legislation has evolved and expanded significantly since the adoption of the first chemicals related directive in the late 1960s. It now regulates both the chemical sector as well as related downstream industries that use chemicals. It covers the full lifecycle of products manufactured in or imported into Europe and the protection of the environment and human health from chemical hazards and risks.
The EU chemicals legislation has been instrumental in ensuring free circulation of substances, mixtures and articles through harmonisation of standards and requirements. To a large degree, there is a level playing field in Europe, and chemicals legislation has strengthened the internal market and enhanced the competitiveness of EU industry as reflected in the growth in intra-EU trade.
Improvements to the EU chemicals legislation reflect the need to overcome many global, economic, societal and environmental challenges. These have shaped the ambition of today and have been translated into a series of new objectives that the EU has committed to, such as the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, or set for itself such as the action plan for the Circular Economy and the strategy for a renewed EU Industrial Policy.
REACH is not the end – no way – many activities to be done – e.g. improve your REACH registration dossier. Comply with widening restrictions, authorisation duties, polymers potential registration…
But what more?
REFIT projects for REACH and CLP showed way to potential improvements. EC published first ideas how to improve.
Let us discuss the way forward!