Prior to the REACH legislation, NGOs struggled for the implementation of a full consumer right to know about chemicals, and the European Commission expected increased public information to become a driving force in substitution of hazardous chemicals. The REACH Article 33(2) gives consumers the right to request information from retailers on Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) on the Candidate List in articles. Thus, the objective of this project is to assess whether the Article 33(2) can drive substitution of SVHC through analysis of the current practice of Article 33(2). Article 33(2) is described according to the official REACH legislation and guidance from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The analysis is based on three inquires about Article 33(2) conducted by the Danish consumer organisation (Forbrugerrådet), the European federation of NGOs (European Environmental Bureau) and a environmental project under the Danish EPA respectively, interviews with the Danish trade organisation Dansk Erhverv, Forbrugerrådet and professor of environmental law (Peter Pagh), and my attendance at the conference Kemikaliedag 2010. Due to lack of consumer knowledge or interest in using Article 33(2), substitution as a direct result of Article 33(2) is presently not seen. Current misconceptions among NGOs and companies according to both rights and obligations under Article 33(2) provide a great demand for further clarification of definitions and requirements under Article 33(2) from ECHA or Forum. However, some retailers have a policy of avoiding SVHC, and it is recommended that these proactive companies are rewarded with official certificates to document their policy or an official „pre-Candidate List that could serve as a useful tool for companies to be ahead in substitution while the Candidate List slowly expands. This might imply substitution of SVHC to safer alternatives for environment and health, despite the lacking efficiency of Article 33(2).
|Uddannelser||TekSam - miljøplanlægning, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||24 jan. 2011|
- consumer right to know
- right to know princip
- Artikel 33
- særligt problematiske stoffer