(20 November 2023) EPSU together with others protested that the European Commission has not included the Reach review in its 2024 work program. The revision of the REACH regulation was scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2023, but is now at risk of being delayed until the next Commission.
EPSU is concerned about this potential delay as that could have far-reaching consequences for workers and the environment as they remain exposed to hazardous chemicals for longer which could pose serious health risks such as cancers.
REACH regulates the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals and is the main EU law that protects human health and the environment from risks posed by chemicals. The review of REACH should include new dangers to workers such as endocrine disrupting chemicals and PFAS polymers or mixtures.
EPSU seek reconfirmation of a review of the REACH regulation in 2023, as that would reinforce the EU’s leadership in ensuring the safety and well-being of its people and environment.
EPSU wrote to the Commissioners Breton and Commissioner Sinkevičius with ETUC and IndustriALL regarding the urgent request for confirmation on REACH renewal and expressing concerns about potential delay, 14 November 2023
For more background on the position of the unions https://www.socialeurope.eu/make-chemical-safety-an-eu-priority