Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability Towards a Toxic-Free Environment

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Practical Information

  1. Composition of the study group
  2. Administrator / Assistants in charge: Conrad Ganslandt / Anna Khatchatrian and Luca Pitrone
  3. Contact


The EU chemicals strategy aims to address the cumulative and combined effects of chemicals, including pesticides, stressing a need to accelerate work on methodologies that ensure existing provisions can be fully implemented.

The strategy is intended as a first step towards a zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment, as announced in the European Green Deal. 

It will simplify and strengthen EU rules on chemicals, and review how EU agencies and scientific bodies can work together towards a process where substances are only reviewed by one agency.

The current COVID-19 crisis increases the urgency to step up action in the chemicals area in order to

  • ensure that stronger protection of citizens’ health will also enable and support the socio-economic recovery of the European industry producing and using chemicals,
  • and promote EU’s strategic autonomy for essential chemicals (e.g. for the production of pharmaceuticals or disinfectants)