On December 2, 2013 the Swedish Ministry of the Environment adopted a bill on the government’s strategy to achieve a non-toxic environment. The bill entitled “Towards a toxin-free everyday environment – a platform for chemicals policy” considers working on groups of dangerous chemicals to accelerate their phase-out. A first group to be addressed shall be perfluorinated substances. Further, the policy document states that Sweden will push for more stringent information requirements for low production volume substances under the European Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical Substances (REACH). A particular focus shall be placed on nanomaterials, endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and mixture effects. Sensitive subpopulations shall also be considered. The text further specifies that consumer information on dangerous substances shall be improved in the future. To support these strategic aims, research, a national systematic environmental monitoring and the discussion of a chemicals tax shall be furthered, clarifies the strategic document.
Swedish Ministry of the Environment (December 2, 2013). “Government adopts future chemicals policy.”