In a position paper (pdf) published June 2, 2014 the European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation (ANEC) called the European regulatory provisions for chemicals in consumer products, in particular articles, insufficient. The report entitled “Hazardous chemicals in products – the need for enhanced EU regulations” argues that regulation is either inadequate because limited to specific materials, f.e. plastic food contact materials, or almost non-existent, as is the case of many other consumer products including children articles, furniture and materials in contact with drinking water. The position paper identifies food contact materials together with products releasing emissions to the indoor, consumer textiles, toys, child care articles, packaging and tattoo inks as areas of highest priority for enhanced regulation.

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ANEC (June 2, 2014). “Hazardous chemicals in products – the need for enhanced EU regulations.(pdf)