A public consultation launched by the European Commission last August to invite views on its plans to rethink the EU Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation is coming to a close on 15th November 2021. This is the first step towards a targeted revision of the CLP rules, which set out how the EU classifies chemicals which are hazardous and how to communicate those hazards to consumers.
European legislation on the classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals stems from 2008. The targeted revision of the regulation is a commitment made in the 2020 European Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and presents real opportunities for improving consumers’ safety from hazardous chemicals, including endocrine disrupting chemicals, present in products we use on a daily basis, as well as improving the overall level of transparency and information on the potential presence of such substances in consumer products.
Until 15 November 2021, different stakeholders and citizens can participate in the European Commission’s public consultation on the CLP Regulation. The Commission will take into consideration the results of this survey to develop its legislative proposals to better protect human health and the environment from harmful chemicals, which are expected in the second half of 2022.
Let the EU Commission know you want strong action against toxic chemicals in consumer products - participate in the public consultation today!
Participating in the public consultation takes just 15 minutes. To get started, there are several steps you need to take:
- Go to the official website of the European Commission’s public consultation and scroll down until you spot the button ‘respond to the questionnaire’.
- Create your EUSurvey account and follow the instructions on your screen and sent to your email address.
The questionnaire consists of two sections. The first contains twelve general questions to which all respondents can give feedback. The second section focuses on more technical points of the CLP Regulation that require prior knowledge and expertise. A contribution to the first part of the survey is already very valuable, as it shows the European Commission that citizens want better information about the potential presence of harmful chemicals in consumer products and urgent action towards a toxic-free future.
Unsure about how to reply to some of the questions asked? Take inspiration from resources from EDC-Free Europe campaign partners:
- Revisit contributions from EDC-Free Europe partners to the CLP revision roadmap consultation https://www.edc-free-europe.org/articles/european-developments/health-and-environment-groups-comment-eu-commission-roadmaps-for-revision-of-reach-and-clp-regulations
- The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)’s take on the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability https://www.beuc.eu/publications/beuc-x-2021-038_towards_toxic-free_consumer_lives.pdf
- ChemSec - When is it justified to use very hazardous chemicals? https://chemsec.org/publication/chemical-strategy/when-is-it-justified-to-use-very-hazardous-chemicals/