At the crossroads between chemical, product and waste policies

APPLiA fully supports the ambition of the new EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability within the EU Green Deal framework. Harmonising, simplifying and strengthening EU rules on chemicals will help build a coherent system to risk-manage chemicals in the Union and clarify some existing legislative gaps.

APPLiA fully supports the ambition of the new EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability within the EU Green Deal framework. Harmonising, simplifying and strengthening EU rules on chemicals will help build a coherent system to risk-manage chemicals in the Union and clarify some existing legislative gaps.

“At the crossroads between chemical, product and waste policies, dealing with legacy substances will remain the most critical challenge” commented Paolo Falcioni, APPLiA’s Director General, “and we will need clear guidance on how to manage them in the future.” In general, a case-by-case approach to chemicals risk-management in consumer products represents the way forward. Moreover, consistent hazard assessment and specific Risk Management Measures under existing chemical legislation will head into the same direction.

In our position paper, we have laid out our recommendations on the Chemicals Strategy” continued Mr Falcioni “with an eye to the entire EU policy framework for a Circular Economy, where also material efficiency,energy efficiency, citizen welfare, consumer choice and affordability must be taken into account.”
Coming to a possible EU Dataspace, only information that can be used for concrete measures should be stored and made accessible to relevant target-users. Here, the potential integration of existing databases should be further investigated. Most importantly, existing tools such as the i4R platform, should lead by example in making data available for up and downstream communication flows to the benefit of supply chain actors.

 

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