Circular Economy

Chemicals & Nanomaterials

The negative effects of human activity – including pollution, climate change, natural resource depletion and biodiversity loss – not only cause environmental degradation, but also have negative effects on human health. Chemicals in products are on the EU policy agenda, particularly as the EU’s Circular Economy strategy seeks to ensure easier reintroduction of secondary raw materials into the economy without spreading problematic substances . ECOS calls for more stringent application of the existing chemicals legislation, and pushes for long-awaited nanomaterial-specific legislation. Our goal is to eliminate or minimise the use of problematic substances in (consumer) products in order to protect human health and the environment. We promote the development of ambitious requirements on problematic substances in product standards, as a well as a safe and sustainable use of nanomaterials.

What we are working on

  • Monitor relevant developments to prevent the introduction of external ignition requirements in European and international standards related to the safety of relevant products that would provide an incentive for the use of flame retardants.
  • Assist standardisers to address toxic chemicals in products and contribute to phasing out harmful chemical substances such as flame retardants and endocrine disruptors.
  • Ensure the development of clear, harmonised definitions and test guidelines for nanomaterials and nanotechnologies at European and global level.
  • Contribute to the H2020 projects RiskGONE and NANORIGO. The projects focus on risk governance of nanomaterials with an outlook to create a risk governance framework for nanomaterials and an independent Risk Governance Council.

Related campaigns: Alliance for Flame Retardant Free Furniture 

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Contact person

Michael Neaves
Programme Manager+32 2 893 08 59 michael.neaves@ecostandard.org

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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