Grouping hazardous chemicals for a circular economy



In an article published on August 21, 2018, by the non-profit organization International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec), Jerker Ligthart, the organization’s senior chemicals advisor, argued that regulators often focus too much on prioritizing hazardous chemicals rather than actually dealing with them. Under REACH, “[i]n over ten years time barely 200 substances have been included on the Candidate List” of substances of very high concern (SVHCs), he highlighted. “[P]prioritization should never mean that some chemicals are never dealt with,” and there should be “a strict timeline” for action, he added.

To make the circular economy a reality, hazardous chemicals need to be considered, Ligthart further stressed. 

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