Within the European Green Deal, the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) identified a number of actions to reduce negative impacts on human health and the environment associated with chemicals, materials, products and services commercialised or introduced onto the EU market.
In particular, the ambition of the CSS is to phase out the most harmful substances and substitute, as far as possible, all other substances of concern, and otherwise minimise their use and track them. This objective requires novel approaches to analysing and comparing, across all life cycle stages, effects, releases and emissions for specific chemicals, materials, products and services, and move towards zero-pollution for air, water, soil and biota.
The European Union CSS action plan foresees the development of a framework to define safe and sustainable by design (SSbD) criteria for chemicals and materials that should contribute to achieve the Green Deal ambitions, going beyond current regulatory compliance. The report of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre aims at proposing such a framework, presenting the dimensions, aspects, methods, and indicators that can be used to assess chemicals and materials and how criteria can be defined in order to identify those that are SSbD.
Source and full technical report: https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC128591