Products – Ambitions

Encouraging a risk- and science-based approach for products safety

In a modern open society, chemicals require a thorough risk assessment before reaching the market. This goes hand in hand with improved safety communications throughout the supply chain.

essenscia is actively cooperating with regulators and other industry players in developing and implementing a risk-based regulatory framework for product safety. It is working hand-in-hand with authorities such as the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to put the ambitious legislation on hazard assessment & communication (CLP) and risk assessment & management (REACH) into practice. The sharing of experience and best practice between all industry players, and especially SMEs, through the VLARIP and WALRIP training programmes, is a perfect example of this commitment.

Health and safety information is not only shared with direct customers through the CLP label on products and safety data sheets. essenscia’s product groups Detic and Phytofar are engaged in various programmes to better inform consumers as well. The dissemination of REACH registration hazard data and risk analysis on the ECHA website further increases transparency, not only within the supply chain but also to the general public. essenscia also has a strong partnership with the Belgian Antipoison Centre, a crucial organisation supporting citizens in the event of a chemicals-related emergency.

The transition to circular economy will require even more transparency, especially in relation to substances of concern in articles. essenscia is already actively involved in finding practical solutions to the challenge of providing the information required without jeopardising confidential business information or creating additional administrative burdens.

To improve the dissemination of science-based information to the public, essenscia supports the translations of GreenFacts summaries of existing scientific reports on chemicals related to health, environment and sustainable development arenas.

Key actions

  • Remain committed to placing safe products on the market through risk-based regulation and hazard communication.
  • Increase transparency in the supply chain on substances of concern.
  • Improve the dissemination of science-based information to the public.

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