EU’s new chemical strategy aims to prohibit hazardous substances until proven safe


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The European Commission’s new chemicals strategy, published on Wednesday (14 October), proposes to ban the most toxic substances by default, authorising them only on a case-by-case basis when they are proven to be indispensable to society.

Chemicals are “part and parcel of everyday life” and “play a crucial role” in greening the EU economy, said Frans Timmermans, the Commission vice-president in charge of overseeing the European Green Deal.

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