Chemicals

Dangerous chemicals can be found everywhere, from household dust to the Arctic, putting human health, wildlife and ecosystems at risk. They are used in everything – from pesticides to plastics. And there are more and more of them: the production volume has increased more than 50 fold from 1950 to 2000. Our team is dedicated to using the power of the law to ensure that the potential of chemistry is exploited in a responsible, safe and transparent way.

Our topics

As chemicals are used in everything, our work concerns many sectors. Explore the topics that we particularly focus on, playing our role of legal watchdogs and pushing for the adoption of new laws filling gaps in the existing regulatory framework.

Our actions

We believe that the use of chemicals should always be transparent and responsible. Here, you can explore the type of actions we take and how they have influenced the law and led to safer use of chemicals across the EU.

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    Hormone-disrupting chemicals are everywhere. Here’s what the EU should do to protect us

    Endocrine disruptors are so deeply embedded in our daily lives that no one can opt out of exposure. It’s the role of legislators to make sure that our exposure to hazardous chemicals like these is reduced.

  • The European Court annulled an authorisation. Here is what we can learn from it

    In a groundbreaking judgement, the European Court of Justice revoked the authorisation of lead chromate in paint and deemed it illegal.

  • European rules on chemicals used in the food chain do not protect public health

    We have warned EU rules on harmful chemicals in the food chain are too weak and leave the public open to unacceptable risks.

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    EU Tribunal deems lead chromates authorisation illegal

    A European Commission decision to allow a Canadian company to sell pigments for paints containing highly dangerous chemicals has today been deemed illegal.

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