CHEM Trust welcomes the European Commission's publication of three legislative proposals which aim to 'streamline assessments of chemicals across EU legislation; strengthen the knowledge base on chemicals; and ensure early detection and action on emerging chemical risks' . This package, often called 'One Substance One Assessment' or OSOA, is an important element of modernising … [Read more...] about Draft legislation to improve EU chemicals data and scientific analysis published, but what about ECHA?
CHEM Trust has received a response to the letter that we sent to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on 19th September 2023. The response, which comes jointly from the relevant Directors in DG Environment and DG Grow, reaffirms the Commission's commitment to revising the main EU chemicals law REACH: "As we said in the plenary of the European Parliament last year, the … [Read more...] about EU Commission confirms that REACH revision is very important, as new regulations on classification are provisionally agreed
This afternoon the European Commission published its work plan for 2024, and this document failed to mention the reform of Europe's main law on chemicals used in everyday products, REACH. The reform of REACH is a key component of the EU's Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS), published three years ago on 14th October 2020, which was described as a "new long-term vision … [Read more...] about Von der Leyen Commission fails in its responsibility to publish a proposal to improve EU chemical law REACH, despite promises in the Green Deal
Opinion piece written by Dr Julie Schneider, CHEM Trust Campaigner. Last week, CHEM Trust submitted its response to the public consultation on the EU universal PFAS restriction proposal. This follows on one year from CHEM Trust, Arnika, Tegengif, HEAL, EEB, ClientEarth, and BUND launching the BAN PFAS manifesto. We have since been joined by 125 organisations from 25 EU … [Read more...] about A transition to a PFAS-free economy for a clean and healthy future
We have entered the final countdown for the publication of a proposal to revise the EU's main chemicals legislation REACH by the current Europe Commission team. One year ago, Commissioner Šefcovic presented the 2023 Commission work programme to the European Parliament, which stated that the REACH revision would be published in Q4 - which begins this week. The Commission … [Read more...] about Will Commissioner Šefcovic commit to reform REACH?
Yesterday CHEM Trust sent a letter to the President of the EU Commission calling on her to support the rapid publication of the revision of the EU's chemical safety law, REACH. This is the text of the letter we sent: … [Read more...] about CHEM Trust calls on President von der Leyen to support rapid publication of the REACH revision
Today marks 1,000 days since the European Commission made a pledge in its Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability to ban the most harmful chemicals from all consumer products, through a revision of the EU’s chemicals safety law, REACH. The revision was promised for the end of 2022, but EU Commissioners decided to delay it after lobbying from the German chemicals industry. This … [Read more...] about EU pledge for toxic-free products at risk, as shown by internal Commission documents
CHEM Trust and EEB have today published a report, "Waiting for REACH: The negative impacts of delaying reform of EU chemical laws" which examines the impacts of the European Commission's continued delay in publishing its proposal for improving Europe's key law on chemical safety, REACH. On 14th October 2020, the Commission published its "Chemicals Strategy for … [Read more...] about Waiting longer for a reformed REACH is damaging health, environment and business
Chemicals are an indispensable part of our daily life; some are harmless, while many may have harmful effects. But how do we properly assess whether chemicals are harmful or not? We need to assess how toxic a chemical may be, but also what its behaviour is in the environment - does it accumulate in organisms, including in our bodies? Does it stick around in the environment? … [Read more...] about Chemical safety testing as part of a stronger REACH, protecting health & environment, promoting alternative methods
CHEM Trust has raised the alarm about the endocrine (hormone) disrupting properties of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) for many years, highlighting that it is found in people and the environment. Unfortunately BPA is still in widespread use, as it is only banned in the EU in a few products such as baby bottles and thermal paper. But what is equally concerning is the increase in … [Read more...] about Restriction for BPA and bisphenols of similar concern: small steps forward, but the piecemeal approach continues