EU Policy


The specific regulation on chemicals in the EU is called REACH. It is the regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals.


It requires manufacturers and importers of chemicals to register each substance they make or place on the market in quantities exceeding one tonne in a central database managed by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). From 2008 to 2018, Europe created the largest chemical database in the world with 21 551 chemicals registered including petrochemical products. In 2019, the European chemical industry launched an unprecedented action to help its members proactively and systematically review and update data in previously submitted REACH registration dossiers. This initiative comes in response to the recent conclusion by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) that many REACH registration dossiers require additional information.


In October 2020, the European Commission published the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS).

This strategy aims to reduce the risks associated with producing and using chemicals. It will simplify and strengthen EU rules on chemicals, and review how EU agencies and scientific bodies can work together towards a process where substances are only reviewed by one agency. This will help to better protect people and the environment from hazardous chemicals, encourage the development of safe and sustainable alternatives and make it even easier to trade safe chemicals within the EU