Action needed to substitute hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives

Chemical substitution initiatives by the European Commission, member states and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) remain largely disconnected, according to a new report.

Risk management and the REACH regulation are the main drivers in European for managing hazardous chemicals and only substances of very high concern (SCHC) require an analysis to ensure they are progressively replaced by safer alternatives.

The ECHA commissioned the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production to identify specific priorities that it and other public authorities could support to advance hazardous chemicals substitution programmes and practices across the EU.

In an industry survey for the report, 81% of respondents stated that ...

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