Standards are increasingly used as policy tools to ensure a proper and coherent implementation of European environmental law and policies. Existing approaches within the ESOs such as the CEN 4 to address environmental aspects in standards, are too general and a number of technical committees are in need of tailor-made tools that would provide more detailed guidance on specific issues. One of the most relevant issues identified is how to address hazardous chemicals in standards. So far, hardly any standards include specific provisions related to hazardous chemicals. Technical committees are not always aware of the use patterns of hazardous chemicals in the products they are developing standards on, and the need and way to address them. They also often lack the expertise needed in order to draft specific provisions themselves.

As part of a three-year project lasting until mid-2017, ECOS will work to ensure that product standards in the market comply with the chemicals regulation in place and contribute towards minimising the health and environmental impacts of chemicals in products.

ECOS will work together with the standards bodies of Denmark (DS), Spain (AENOR) and Austria (ASI), to develop a horizontal guidance document on how to address hazardous chemicals in product standards.  


  • Co-lead the drafting of the CEN Guidance document on why and how to address hazardous chemicals in product standards together with ASI
  • Participate in the project’ Stakeholder Panel
  • Contribute to the preparation of recommendations for the adoption, promotion and use of the Guide by standardisers

ECOS contributes to:

  • CEN Chemicals Project Team

Standardisation requests from the European Commission and EFTA

  • Not applicable

doreen2For more details on ECOS’ work on chemicals in standardisation, please contact:
Doreen Fedrigo-Fazio – Senior Programme Manager






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