UK Chemicals Strategy
We're at a crossroads with chemical regulation in the UK, with a Chemicals Strategy expected shortly.
This strategy was originally promised in 2020, as part of the UK Government's 25-year environment plan in order to tackle chemicals of national concern.
In preparation for the strategy, we've joined forces with 25 other environmental and public health non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) to propose 12 key asks for this Chemicals Strategy.
The 12 key asks:
- Prioritise prevention and precaution
- Phase out the most hazardous chemicals from consumer products for all non-essential uses
- Protect UK citizens and the environment from endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs)
- Phase out the use of per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other very persistent chemicals
- Speed up regulation of harmful chemicals and avoid substitution by adopting a grouping approach
- Address the ‘cocktail effect’
- Maintain and expand on workers’ health and safety
- Ensure a clean circular economy with products that are safe by design
- Develop an effective monitoring and alert system
- Stop the continued accumulation of legacy chemicals in the environment
- Remain aligned with world-leading chemical regulation - EU REACH
- Ensure more transparency and use of all relevant science for assessing health risks