Chemicals in Products
EU regulations for chemicals in products of daily use are — where they exist — patchy and hardly systematic. An all-embracing and consistent overall concept is missing. For many articles of daily life including products for children (with the exception of toys) not even basic rules exist (apart from a few substance restrictions in the European chemiclas legislation REACH). The Consumer Council has commissioned several studies for several product areas in this respect. They analyse not only the shortcomings of current legislation but provide also options to close the regulatory gaps.
Several conferences were organised jointly with partners on the subject in Brussels (October 2011, October 2013, March 2015). The Consumer Council also had a leading role in the development of a CEN Guide for addressing chemicals in standards for consumer-relevant articles.