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Position paper - Consultation response to the Commission’s Roadmap on the Chemical Strategy for Sustainability

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22 Jun 2020
Environment

AmCham EU supports the Commission’s ambition to simplify and strengthen the existing framework for EU chemical policy, to improve its effectiveness and efficiency, whilst maintaining the highest and most rigorous safety standards for chemicals globally. Such a framework allows for the continued protection of human health and the environment, paramount in all EU chemical legislation. However, we would caution against only focusing on “chemicals essential to society”. There is currently no EU legal definition of an “essential use”, thus it would be inappropriate and confusing to use such a concept before it is defined. Instead, focus should remain on promoting and maintaining existing standards, creating optimal conditions for the export-oriented EU chemical industry to innovate and prosper in Europe. In this context, please find here some further issues that we believe need to be tackled by this strategy.