Chemicals – 'One Substance, One Assessment'

EESC opinion: Chemicals – 'One Substance, One Assessment'

Practical information

  1. Composition of the drafting group
  2. Administrator / Assistant in charge: Gaia BOTTONI / Lukáš ĎURECH
  3. Contact

Background

The European Commission adopted three legislative proposals to:

  • streamline assessments of chemicals across EU legislation;
  • strengthen the knowledge base on chemicals; and
  • ensure early detection and action on emerging chemical risks.

Under this 'one substance, one assessment' package, a key deliverable of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, significant tasks will be reallocated between four EU agencies, ensuring coherent and transparent safety assessments of chemicals used in products such as medical devices, toys, food, pesticides and biocides.

Citizens, companies, and authorities will benefit from simplified and transparent access to chemicals information, from more harmonised and predictable processes across legislation and from strengthened certainty of the assessments. The new measures will shorten the gap between the identification of a possible risk and the necessary regulatory action. Ultimately, these measures will lead to better and faster protection of people's health and the environment.