On 14 October, the Commission published the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, within the context of the European Green Deal. The document tries to address the negative impacts that harmful chemicals can have on human health and on the environment by proposing specific actions. These include phasing out chemicals like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) from consumer products, minimising their use in all products, and stepping up enforcement of EU rules to ensure compliance with chemicals legislation.
The Strategy also aims at enhancing industrial innovation in order to expand the use of safe and sustainable chemicals, making the EU a world leader in this area. To do this, the document calls for financial support for the development and uptake of safe and sustainable chemicals, through EU funding and public-private partnerships. Other actions put forward include drawing up an EU research and innovation agenda for chemicals.
The document can be found here.