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Summer 2022 special
Monday, May 2, 2022European Commission

Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability: the European Commission publishes the Restrictions Roadmap

Stratégie Substances chimiques pour le développement durable : la Commission européenne publie la feuille de route des restrictions

On 25 April 2022, the European Commission published its “Restriction Roadmap” for harmful chemicals as part of its “Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability”. This document is intended to inform about the ongoing work on future restrictions under EU chemicals legislation, with a focus on the group restrictions for the most harmful substances to human health and the environment.

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The European Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) aims to prioritise carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic substances (CMRs), endocrine disruptors, persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) and very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) substances, immunotoxicants, neurotoxicants, substances toxic to specific organs and respiratory sensitisers substances for (group) restrictions’ for all uses.
To facilitate this action, the Commission has prepared this Restrictions Roadmap to prioritise these substances for (group) restrictions under REACH.

In its conclusion on the CSS, the Council stated that it:
• Supports the prioritisation of restrictions for the most harmful chemicals to be covered by the generic approach for all uses and through grouping as an interim solution until the extension of the generic approach to risk management is fully implemented
• Stresses that the Member States should also be able to initiate restrictions based on this approach.

Objectives of the Restrictions Roadmap

The Restriction Roadmap has three main objectives:
• Ensure that the commitments under the CSS can be fulfilled in a transparent and timely manner; the Rolling List included in the document sets out the restrictions that have been planned and prepared, and those that have progressed, in particular for the most harmful substances
• Provide an overview of …

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