Sweden addresses ‘cocktail effects’ and grouping of chemicals

Government of Sweden investigates how to consider chemicals’ ‘cocktail effects’ and regulate similar substances in groups within EU chemicals legislation

Focus on PFASs

Ensia article summarizes environmental and health concerns about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, addresses controversial substitution of long-chain PFASs with short-chain alternatives

Replacing hazardous chemicals with similarly toxic alternatives

New report by NGO CHEM Trust highlights necessity to regulate groups of similar chemicals to avoid regrettable substitutions, illustrates replacement of BPA with BPS and other analogues as example

Washington State bans PFASs in food packaging

Governor of U.S. state Washington signs bill into law banning the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in food packaging by 2022 if alternatives can be found by 2020

Influence of consumer and retailer demands

U.S. state regulations, consumer and retailer actions on chemicals in food packaging more effective than FDA regulation, according to experts at Chemical Watch conference

Discussing future management of chemicals and waste

Swedish Chemicals Agency and UN Environment Programme host international conference on new strategy for chemicals and waste beyond 2020, March 13-15, 2018 in Solna, Sweden

Helping retailers phase-out harmful chemicals

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families targets methylene chloride, PFASs, ortho-phthalates for 2018 ranking of retailers’ progress in removing toxic chemicals from products

Report: Chemicals for a sustainable future

New report by European Environment Agency discusses future developments needed to attain sustainable chemistry

Webinar on retailers’ safer chemicals policies

Chemical Watch holds webinar on Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families’ annual ranking of retailers’ actions to reduce toxic chemicals in their products, February 23, 2018

New Danish initiative to reduce toxic chemicals

Danish government grants €38.3 mio to initiative aiming to eliminate harmful chemicals such as endocrine disruptors from consumer products and food, running 2018-2021