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Chemicals strategy

The EU’s chemicals strategy for sustainability towards a toxic-free environment


The EU’s chemicals strategy aims to

  • better protect citizens and the environment
  • boost innovation for safe and sustainable chemicals


  • banning the most harmful chemicals in consumer products - allowing their use only where essential
  • account for the cocktail effect of chemicals when assessing risks from chemicals
  • phasing out the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the EU, unless their use is essential
  • boosting the investment and innovative capacity for production and use of chemicals that are safe and sustainable by design, and throughout their life cycle
  • promoting the EU’s resilience of supply and sustainability of critical chemicals
  • establishing a simpler “one substance one assessment”  process for the risk and hazard assessment of chemicals
  • playing a leading role globally by championing and promoting high standards and not exporting chemicals banned in the EU



Previous and upcoming actions 

  1. 22 April 2024
    Commission proposes criteria to define the essential use of most harmful chemicals

    Communication can be found here.

  2. 7 December 2023
    Commission proposes ‘one substance, one assessment' chemicals assessment reform for faster, simplified and transparent processes
  3. 14 July 2023
    Proposal to ban all remaining intentional uses of mercury in the EU
  4. 19 December 2022
    Commission proposes revised Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals (CLP) and introduces new hazard classes
  5. 8 December 2022
    Recommendation on framework for safe and sustainable by design chemicals
  6. 10 June 2022
    Commission clarifies definition on nanomaterials
  7. 25 April 2022
    Commission publishes REACH Restrictions Roadmap
  8. 20 January 2022
    Commission launches public consultation on REACH revision - available in all EU languages
  9. 9 August 2021
    Commission launches public consultation on CLP revision
  10. 14 October 2020
    Publication of chemicals strategy
  11. 9 May 2020
    Publication of chemicals strategy roadmap

    For more information on the roadmap and feedback, visit here.

  12. 11 December 2019
    Publication of European Green Deal

Policy areas

Chemicals : EU action to ensure chemicals are safe, for health and the environment.

Circular economy : EU action to ensure chemicals are safe, for health and the environment.