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06/12/2016

Chemicals Safety in the Value Chain

Topic: Chemicals


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The impact of REACH authorisation: Costs and benefits

REACH is the European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals.
Health & Consumers 02-11-2016

EFSA launches public consultation into 'cocktail effects' of chemicals

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has asked the public for input on the complex question of the "cocktail effects" of chemical substances. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
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Social Dialogue in Europe: the European Chemical Employers Group

The European Chemical Employers Group (ECEG) represents the chemical, pharmaceutical, rubber and plastics industries in Europe.
Trade & Society 15-09-2016

TTIP: A new political and economic reality

Whether an EU-US trade deal is concluded this year, next year, or 2020, is irrelevant in the larger scheme of things. As the world’s centre of gravity inexorably moves towards Asia, Europe has an appointment with history, writes René van Sloten.
Health & Consumers 11-08-2016

TTIP regulatory cooperation would drive innovation

TTIP could make regulation better and more efficient—cutting costs for consumers and industry, writes Csilla Magyar.
Health & Consumers 09-08-2016

Water industry: Light criteria on endocrine disruptors benefit polluters

A less strict approach on defining endocrine disruptors will help industries producing such substances “pollute and not pay”, the association representing Europe's water sector (EurEau) told EurActiv.com.
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Trade & Society 18-05-2016

TTIP: A Strong Framework for EU-US Regulatory Cooperation on Chemicals

For more than 29,000 European chemical companies, TTIP is a no-brainer: European manufacturing industries – not just chemicals, but other industries we supply such as automotive and construction – face growing competition from other global regions.
Health & Consumers 04-12-2015

Cosmetics industry enters new research era after animal-testing ban

Since the EU banned animal-tested ingredients in 2013 the cosmetics industry has sought new ways to assess chemical safety, for example via a public-private partnership with the European Commission.

MEPs block Commission proposal to recycle hormone disrupting plastics

The European Parliament overwhelmingly rejected the Commission's plans to allow the recycling of PVC plastics containing DEHP, a hormone disruptor banned in the EU since February 2015. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports

How to avoid another Tianjin disaster

Safety precautions may not make the headlines, but they are the most effective preventative against industrial accidents with hazardous materials, writes Christian Friis Bach.

EU court ruling toughens regulations on chemicals of 'very high concern'

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled on 10 September to strengthen the obligations of manufacturers to declare the presence of ‘substances of very high concern’ in their products. Journal de l'Environnement reports

TTIP a threat to EU chemical safety standards, German NGO says

Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) sees the transatlantic trade agreement TTIP as a threat to standards protecting against chemicals that may be harmful to humans and the environment. The chemicals industry “vehemently” objected to the NGO’s claim. EurActiv Germany reports.

Protecting citizens from hazardous chemicals is in everyone's interest

Hazardous chemicals are a vital part of many industries, but lax and inconsistent safety standards put workers' health and lives at risk all over the world, writes Christian Friis Bach. 
Transport 16-04-2015

Bio-based chemical industry victim of EU biofuel reform

The new biofuels law risks protecting fuel companies that require state support at the EU taxpayer’s expense, write the CEOs of Arizona Chemical, Respol Resinas, and Forchem.
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Endocrine disruption: the view of the chemical industry

Endocrine disruption is an important issue of significant public, political and scientific interest. Even though it can give rise to a very emotional debate, policymakers and authorities should deal with endocrine disruptive substances, as with all chemical substances, via a science- and risk-based regulation. Whether a chemical substance can and will cause harm is a fundamental distinction for both authorities and industry in order to effectively protect people and the environment.
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Chemical industry guarded about its European future

SPECIAL REPORT / The European chemical sector has issued a “very serious” warning about its slumping competitiveness, but refuses to be alarmist just yet, saying shareholders should not worry, that big industrial groups are now global, and less exposed to Europe.
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Solvay CEO: ‘We badly need a European energy policy’

SPECIAL REPORT / Lack of access to affordable energy is the key driver behind the slow erosion of competitiveness in the European chemical sector, warns Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, who urges policymakers to reach agreement on a genuine European energy policy.
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REACh: Innovation and integrated EU goals

Technical innovation plays a significant role in the achievement of the integrated goals of the European Union such as Energy Roadmap 2050 or Resource- efficiency. One main objective of the European Chemicals Legislation’s REACh is to enhance innovation. This should be triggered by the introduction of the candidate list and authorisation route, stimulating the development of safer alternatives to various chemicals.
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Chemicals Safety in the Value Chain

Why do we use chemicals at all? Because they are extremely useful! To put this into perspective, the products of the chemical industry are present in about 95% of manufactured goods. And modern economies simply couldn't function without them.