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In October 2020, the European Commission released its highly anticipated chemicals strategy for sustainability. It forms part of the European Green Deal, which was announced at the end of 2019, and it lays out more than 50 wide-ranging actions that will have a direct impact on industry and are listed for completion by 2024. 

The impact of the strategy cannot be overstated – it is the biggest shake-up to European chemicals policy since the introduction of REACH in 2007 and it will have a huge impact on industry for years to come.

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Chemical Watch coverage of the strategy

Since the strategy’s release, Chemical Watch has reported from a wide range of perspectives:

EU chemicals strategy, US PFAS developments, CW survey findings

12 May 2021

In this episode of the Chemical Watch News, Europe desk editor Luke Buxton discusses the European Commission’s publication of two comprehensive "inception impact assessments" on the actions planned under the EU chemicals strategy, which pave the way for potentially significant changes to REACH and CLP.

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Recent episodes of the Chemical Watch Podcast explore the strategy in more detail. You can listen via your favourite podcasting app or via the Chemical Watch platform – whatever suits you best.

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The EU chemicals strategy for sustainability – what’s on the agenda for 2022? 

The European Commission is forging ahead with actions set out under its chemicals strategy for sustainability, which aims to move Europe towards a toxic-free environment. In this, the second of our Global Outlook 2022 reports, Chemical Watch managing editor for Europe Leigh Stringer outlines what to expect this year.

What key action points will take the EU chemicals strategy from vision to implementation? 

In this Expert Focus article, Chemical Watch senior regulatory and compliance analyst Dave Dillon looks at the five key pillars of action required to turn the strategy into reality.

Below you’ll find more examples of our latest coverage. If you’re not already a Chemical Watch member, sign up to free membership to get a taster of what you can expect.

Chemical Watch is uniquely positioned to help you make sense of the strategy and understand what it means for you, your business and your products.

We have direct connections to European commissioners, European members of parliament and the European Chemicals Agency (Echa), as well as industry representatives and other stakeholders. In addition, our own experts have an in-depth understanding of European and global chemicals legislation. 

Here are just a few examples of Chemical Watch coverage:

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This episode is based on this year’s Global Outlook 2022 series of articles produced by the Chemical Watch team. Managing editor for Europe Leigh Stringer discussing the European Commission’s plans for actions set out under its chemicals strategy for sustainability, which aim to move Europe towards a toxic-free environment.

10 March 2022

EU chemicals strategy, Asia forecast, science developments

The EU Commission’s vision for the strategy: One year on

In this presentation, Cristina de Avila from the European Commission introduces the EU's Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and its five key building blocks:

  • boosting innovation – the sustainable products initiative;
  • strengthening legislation;
  • simplifying and consolidating;
  • a comprehensive knowledge base; and
  • setting the example globally.

She concludes with an update on revisions to CLP and REACH.

This video was broadcast at the Chemical Watch virtual event, the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability: One Year On, on 20 October 2021.

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20 December 2022

Long-awaited texts, incorporating new hazard classes, to face Parliament and Council scrutiny


09 December 2022

Industry faces pressure to fully engage in long-awaited proposal

2025 green goals concept

31 January 2023

Actions proposed for SSbD, more effective and predictable legislation


01 February 2023

Commission to first confirm whether substance fulfils new EDC criteria

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09 February 2023

Joint Research Centre case study reveals incomplete hazard data

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09 December 2022

Industry faces pressure to fully engage in long-awaited proposal