About: Chemicals (REACH)

Endocrine disruptors: Harmful or not?

Rising levels of cancers and fertility problems have attracted scientists’ attention to endocrine disrupting chemicals, with some calling for strict regulation of the substances, in line with the precautionary principle. Others meanwhile, stress the worthiness of those chemicals in everyday products such as plastics and warn that the foundations of science risk being turned upside down if precautionary measures are taken.

REACH chemical safety review: Re-opening a can of worms?

Five years after its adoption, the European Commission is preparing to review the controversial REACH regulation, which for the first time required chemical manufacturers to justify that their products are safe for consumers before placing them on the market.

Chemicals Policy review (REACH)

After years of heated debate, EU lawmakers agreed on a far-reaching proposal to review the way chemicals are approved in Europe, placing the burden on businesses to prove their products are safe before they can be placed on the market. The system, called Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of CHemicals (REACH), aims to make chemicals safer for human health and the environment and to stimulate innovation in the sector. It comes into force in June 2007.
Climate change 07-03-2007

Sustainable chemistry

Public concerns regarding environmental, health and safety issues of chemicals have resulted in growing interest for 'green chemistry'. With a new, stricter EU chemicals policy in place (REACH), research into chemicals with less environmental impact is being instigated to take greater account of issues such as waste prevention, biodegradability and energy savings.
Trade & Society 19-01-2007

Implementing the EU’s new chemicals law (REACH)

Following Parliament and Council’s final agreement on REACH in late 2006, the focus has now shifted to the implementation of the EU's chemicals legislation.
Climate change 07-07-2004

Environment and health strategy (SCALE)

Concerned about the increasing effects of environmental pollution on people's health, the Commission adopted a European strategy for Environment and Health in June 2003. One year on, it presented an Action Plan which focuses on the most vulnerable groups, particularly children. Environmental NGOs and the European green party heavily criticised it for being too weak on legislative proposals and focusing only on research.