MEPs push for action against hazardous chemicals

They call on the Commission to come up with a new strategy that ensures a high level of protection of health and the environment

A resolution that urges forthcoming new EU chemicals strategy for sustainability should better protect the health and the environment, was adopted with a vast majority by the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee members.

Lawmakers are calling on the Commission to come up with a new chemicals strategy for sustainability that effectively ensures a high level of protection of health and the environment, minimising exposure to hazardous chemicals. Further regulatory measures are needed to adequately protect vulnerable groups such as children, pregnant and breastfeeding women and the elderly, they asserted.

MEPs insisted that the new chemicals strategy must fully reflect the precautionary principle and the polluter-pays principle, as well as being more transparent during the approval process. According to them

there is a need to support the ‘one substance – one hazard assessment’ principle, to allow substances to be reviewed by only one EU agency to speed up and make chemicals regulation more consistent.

ENVI members also urged for a comprehensive EU framework on endocrine disruptors to effectively minimise the extent to which humans and the environment are exposed to such chemicals, and insert specific provisions into legislation on toys, food contact materials and cosmetics to treat them like substances that are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction.

They also call on the executive to develop EU criteria for ‘sustainable chemicals’ to provide incentives for sustainable chemistry, materials and technologies, especially non-chemical alternatives that are safe.

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