In publishing the Chemical Strategy for Sustainability (CSS), the European Commission has announced the Most Significant Changes to EU Chemicals Regulation in 15 Years. The Commission stated that the CSS is the first step towards a zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment. While the CSS fully recognises the fundamental role of chemicals for human well-being and for the green and digital transition of European economy and society, it acknowledges the urgent need to address the health and environmental challenges caused by the most harmful chemicals.
The EU’s chemicals policy needs to be further strengthened to take into account the latest scientific knowledge and citizens’ concerns. To this end, and among multiple other measures, the CSS foresees fundamental changes to the regulatory framework. Squire Patton Boggs’ attorneys Ken Huestebeck, Anita Lloyd, Dave Gordon, Steve Owens, and Wolfgang Maschek look at the detail of what is proposed in this article.