CHEM Trust is pleased to announce that we are recruiting three new roles to join our team. These are: Senior EU campaigner Scientific Research Assistant Philanthropy Officer Our Mission CHEM Trust’s overarching aim is to prevent human-made chemicals from causing long term damage to wildlife or humans, by ensuring that chemicals which cause such harm are … [Read more...] about Applications open for three new jobs at green charity CHEM Trust
2023 will be a decisive year for the future of the EU's chemicals policy. The Commission has been working hard for over two years to reform the policy centrepiece, REACH, and make it fit to deliver the Green Deal’s toxic-free objective. But we are still awaiting the results. There is little time left before MEPs wind down their legislative work ahead of the … [Read more...] about Has the EU’s toxic-free environment goal become a victim of Putin’s war?
Before the turmoil in British politics of the last couple of months, NGOs had hoped a draft UK Chemicals Strategy would be published for public consultation before the end of the year. A strategy was first promised over four years ago - to set out the UK’s approach, post-Brexit, to ensuring chemicals are safely used and managed. Over the past year stakeholders have been … [Read more...] about What’s the plan for managing harmful chemicals in the UK?
Last week CHEM Trust submitted their comments to the Europe Commissions’ public consultation on the proposals to introduce new hazard classes for identifying harmful chemicals. These amendments to the EU’s Regulation for the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) are an essential part of the European Green Deal and commitments made in the EU … [Read more...] about Commission moves forward on new hazard classes for endocrine disruptors and persistent and mobile chemicals
It is being reported that the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will decide, in a meeting on Tuesday, to delay the planned publication of a revised EU chemicals law REACH from early 2023 to the end of 2023, and to refocus it on German industry concerns, casting doubt on the future of the European Green Deal’s toxic free agenda. By publishing the proposal so … [Read more...] about Chemical pollution: EU Commission casts doubt over future of a toxic-free Green Deal due to German industry pressure
CHEM Trust recently sat down with Professor Andreas Kortenkamp from Brunel University London to discuss his recent research on the impact of exposure to chemical mixtures on male fertility. The new study, ‘Combined exposures to bisphenols, polychlorinated dioxins, paracetamol, and phthalates as drivers of deteriorating semen quality’, found that our exposures to mixtures of … [Read more...] about ‘Addressing mixtures is needed and overdue’ – an interview with Professor Andreas Kortenkamp on chemical mixtures
CHEM Trust is co-hosting a fringe event at this year's Conservative Party Conference 'Restoring the health of our rivers: addressing the chemical pollution undermining their resilience'. We are running this in partnership with Breast Cancer UK and Wildlife and Countryside Link. The event will provide an opportunity to raise the topic of chemical pollution in rivers and … [Read more...] about Chemical pollution in rivers: CHEM Trust’s fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference
CHEM Trust will be hosting a fringe event at the Labour Party Conference. 'The chemical pollution crisis: is the UK's post-Brexit regulation of chemicals fit for purpose?' This will be held in partnership with SERA, (Labour's Environment Campaign), Breast Cancer UK and Wildlife and Countryside Link. The event will be an opportunity to highlight the problem of chemical … [Read more...] about CHEM Trust’s fringe event on chemical pollution at the Autumn Labour Party Conference
In May, the National Audit Office (NAO) published its review of three UK regulators that have taken on functions previously carried out by the EU, including the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) role in chemicals regulation. It found that a lack of operational capacity and loss of data is having a negative impact on HSE’s ability to assess risks and carry out its … [Read more...] about Does the UK chemicals regulator have the capacity to do its job?
Today the UK’s Health & Safety Executive published the work programme for UK REACH for the coming year (from April 2022 – March 2023), setting out which restrictions on chemicals will be considered by the new UK chemicals regulatory regime in its second year. Restrictions are a way of banning or controlling the use of a chemical that poses a risk to human health or the … [Read more...] about Regulatory gap between UK and EU at risk of becoming a chasm