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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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What it means for you, your business and your products

  • 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. Read more

  • 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. Read more

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Chemical Watch is uniquely positioned to help you make sense of the strategy and understand the implications of the many actions included within it. 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. 

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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

11 January 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 in the next 12 months

26 April 2022

NGO estimates up to 7,000 harmful chemicals on the list will be eliminated by 2030

Industry vents frustration about continuing regulatory uncertainty in post-Brexit UK

28 April 2022

Chemicals Management for Electronics in Europe 2022  

11-12 JULY 2022 | VIRTUAL CONFERENCE  

The EU chemicals strategy for sustainability is a key theme during this two-day virtual conference dedicated to chemicals management and restrictions in electronics. On day one, expert speakers will share the latest information and regulatory updates on e-waste and eco-design, and look at the challenges around packaging and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs).  

Day two includes an update on the EU sustainable products initiative, advice and updates on the circular economy and electronics, as well as global supply chain issues and regulatory updates.

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The EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability: One Year On

Managing Chemicals in the EU: What You Need to Know   


25–26 MAY 2022 | TRAINING COURSE

Effective management of chemicals in the EU involves more than just knowing about the REACH and CLP Regulations. These may be the most prominent pieces of EU chemicals legislation, but a manager working in the field needs to consider laws and rules in many other areas of work, including those for the export and import of chemicals, and on the use of biocides, pesticides, fertilisers and fluorinated gases (f-gases).

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The EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability: One Year On

EU REACH for Chemical Compliance Professionals   


56 SEPTEMBER 2022 | TRAINING COURSE  

Complete essential training on the REACH Regulation with this two-day course.  

REACH is the main pillar of chemicals regulation in the EU and an essential element for compliance. This training course will give you a robust theoretical understanding of the REACH Regulation and provide practical guidance on how to meet your obligations. You’ll be introduced to all elements of REACH, including registration, evaluation, authorisation, restriction and communication in the supply chain, and learn about Echa’s role.

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The European Commission has opened a call for evidence for an impact assessment that will inform a revision of the EU Directive on the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment.

16 February 2022

The EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability: One Year On

Chemical Watch Expo 2022     


1314 JUNE 2022 | EXPO | AMSTERDAM  

An informative and lively event bringing together the regulatory community for two days in Amsterdam, with opportunities to hear the latest global regulatory developments and seek out future service providers.  

Over two days, the Expo addresses key developments in chemicals management and regulations across Europe, America, Asia and the rest of the world, with the help of representatives from leading organisations such as Fieldfisher, knoell, REACHLaw, Penman Consulting and EBRC.

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23 February 2022

Echa has proposed a ban on the placing on the market, use and export of all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in firefighting foams.

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the review of the EU Directive on the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment.

15 March 2022

23 March 2022

Trade survey highlights persistent frustration with law’s unpredictability

European Commission official says new criteria will not be ready for PFAS ban

24 March 2022

29 March 2022

As Echa’s executive director steps down, he reflects on 30 years as a key figure in EU chemicals management and shares his thoughts with Europe editor, Vanessa Zainzinger, on what will come next

Hidden requirement for ‘main aim’ goes against acrylamide judgment

21 April 2022 

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.