Chemicals are essential for the well-being, high living standards and comfort of modern society. They are used in many sectors, including health, energy, mobility and housing. However, most chemicals have hazardous properties which can harm the environment and human health.
The EU already has a comprehensive and protective regulatory framework for chemicals, supported by an advanced knowledge base. To further protect human health and reduce pollution from chemicals, the EU adopted the chemicals strategy for sustainability.
In the EU
The EU aims to
- better protect citizens and the environment
- boost innovation for safe and sustainable chemicals
REACH Regulation (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals)
The main EU law to protect health and the environment against harmful chemicals
Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP Regulation)
Ensuring that hazards posed by chemicals are clearly communicated when placed on the market
Minimising the exposure of humans and the environment to endocrine disruptors
Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
See how the EU regulates POPs including in waste
Reducing mercury pollution both in the EU and globally
Overview of EU cosmetics rules and guidelines
EU rules on the sustainable use of pesticides
EU rules to assess risks of biocidal products
Animals in science
How the EU protects animals used for scientific purposes
How the EU implements international agreements on chemicals
Implementation of the chemicals strategy
See how the Commission is implementing the actions of the strategy
Tools and instruments
European Union Observatory for Nanomaterials
Information about existing nanomaterials on the EU market and their effect on human health.
European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) - the EU agency committed to implementing EU chemicals legislation.
Chemicals in Our Life - website providing an overview of the various chemicals we come across daily as well as their impacts.
Related topics: Circular economy,
Related strategies:Chemicals strategy, Zero pollution action plan, Circular economy action plan, Industrial strategy
Related Commission priorities:European Green Deal
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