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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's chemical strategy for sustainability, plus TSCA and Cepa reform

02 March 2023

This is the second of two special episodes based on the Global Outlook 2023 series of articles produced by the Chemical Watch News & Insight team. Europe managing editor Leigh Stringer share an update on progress of key initiatives under the EU chemical strategy, including the much-anticipated revision of REACH. (Starts 11:44)

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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

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What does 2023 hold in store for the EU's chemicals strategy for sustainability?

This year, product safety professionals can expect to see more activity, debate and discussion over the many plans and proposals set out under the EU’s ambitious strategy. In this Global Outlook article, Europe managing editor, Leigh Stringer, outlines the key developments expected this year.

Clarity needed on the criteria for the EU’s essential use concept

With more questions than answers remaining on this key, and complex, aspect of the chemicals strategy for sustainability, more time is needed for debate, says Jean-Phillippe Montfort, a partner at law firm Mayer Brown, in this guest comment article.

Below you’ll find more examples of our latest coverage. If you’re not already a Chemical Watch member, sign up to free membership
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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 special episode of the Chemical Watch podcast focused on substance identity issues that have been raised as part of the ongoing REACH revision.  Science editor Andrew Turley is joined by Kristof Seubert and Angelina Gadermann from Germany’s Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Baua) and by Bernadette Quinn from REACHLaw.

19 January 2023

Special Chemical Watch podcast: REACH substance identity issues

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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08 March 2023

European Commission weighing up options to ban the practice


02 March 2023

Commission working as fast as possible but timing is political, officials say

EU flag over ship

10 May 2023

Impact assessment could lead to major changes

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03 May 2023

Changes would bring microbial cleaners within scope, with more flexibility for digital labelling

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12 July 2023

REACH revision impact assessment reveals ‘dramatically weakened’ commitment, say NGOs

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19 July 2023

Generic risk approach an ‘empowerment’, executive argues in face of NGO criticism

Chemical Watch Regulatory Summit Europe 2023


Chemical Watch is joining together the highly regarded Regulatory and Enforcement Summits to create one unmissable event for the European chemicals management community.

Over two days, get insights from regulators, industry experts, NGOs and service providers on the safe management of chemicals. Sessions will cover REACH, CLP and the chemical strategy, plus the enforcement of chemical regulations now and in the future.

16-17 October 2023 | BRUSSELS + VIRTUAL


Labelling is the visual element of the CLP regulation but it’s not the only one. Before a chemical can be properly labelled, it needs to be classified – and there are many ways to do this.

Join us for this new training course and learn how to navigate CLP and your obligations. By the end of the course, you’ll have a deeper understanding of the theoretical background to the CLP Regulation plus be equipped with the practical steps you need and the know-how to ensure compliance.

Classification and Labelling of Chemicals and Poison Centre Notifications

CLP and GHS Updates 2023

2023 has been a landmark year with the introduction of new hazard classes to the CLP Regulation – a cornerstone of EU chemical legislation. For GHS, meanwhile, several key global jurisdictions have consulted on new standards or transitioned to revised editions this year.

Join us for this one-day virtual conference and get expert guidance on the meaning and impact of CLP and GHS updates for companies operating in the EU and beyond. The agenda includes informative presentations and interactive Q&A sessions with industry leaders, creating an environment to help you build knowledge and ensure compliance with the latest regulatory updates.