In this section, ECHA invites stakeholders to contribute articles on their work and priorities related to chemicals in our everyday life.
17 December 2019 | By Dr. Anna Lennquist
Since a couple of years back, people with chemical-something in their job titles have discussed what to do about so-called forever chemicals. But what are these chemicals and why are so many people discussing them?
12 November 2019 | By Isabelle Alenus, Communications at FEICA
"Innovative solutions in chemicals are essential to the circular economy and to our health, but need to stretch across the entire value chain to deliver what they promise"
04 November 2019 | By Gabriella Kemendi, Secretary General at EFIC
"Do you know, for example, what the furniture in your home is made of? Did you know that it may have been treated with toxic flame retardants? "
21 October 2019 | By Anne Lagerqvist, toxicologist, Chemicals Centre in Stockholm
"The result was 2100 kg of phthalates for the old mattresses and 175 kg for the plastic toys. Stockholm's children are also saved from about 230 kg of a type of a flame retardant."
23 September 2019 | By Dr Urs Ch. Hofmeier, Managing Director of Swiss Salt Works
"Salt also has an important technological role in the manufacture of many foods. In addition to its well-known function as a preserver and a flavor enhancer, it is also fundamental to the consistency and texture of lots of foods such as bread and cheese."
06 September 2019 | By Federica Madia, biologist and scientific officer in the Chemical Safety and Alternative Methods Unit of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC)
"A first step would be to prioritise the carcinogenicity assessment of chemicals for their potential to contribute specifically to the development of the four most prevalent cancers (breast, colorectal, lung and prostate cancers)."
01 August 2019 | By Violaine Verougstraete, Chemicals Management Director at Eurometaux
"You as a consumer interact with alloys every day. Should you be alarmed that several metals entering the composition of alloys may present hazardous properties?"
23 July 2019 | By Louis Ollion, Scientific Officer at EuRIC
"Sooner or later, everyday life products will become waste, and in a circular economy, waste become again part of everyday life products."
12 July 2019 | by Dorota Napierska, Chemicals Policy and Project Officer at Health Care Without Harm Europe
"Healthcare must increase its efforts to minimise the risks posed by the toxic chemicals used in their procedures, particularly for vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, neonates, and chronically ill patients."
20 June 2019 | By Pelle Moos, Senior Policy Officer at BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation
"The circular economy will only succeed if consumers are confident that products made from recycled materials are safe"
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