Endocrine disruptors, highly fluorinated substances and allergens will become the focus of the Swedish Chemicals Agency over the next five years.
– We have identified several challenges for the future and in order to meet them we need more cooperation between authorities and other actors. Therefore, we will focus on building networks for governmental agencies and researchers to interact more with the industry, says Jan Hammar of the Swedish Chemicals Agency, who yesterday handed over The Action plan for a toxic-free everyday environment 2015-2020 to the Swedish Minister of the Environment.
Endocrine disruptors can affect our ability to have children. Highly fluorinated substances are a group of substances that are extremely persistent and can cause long term problems in the environment and allergy is one of the most common diseases in the western world. Many people suffer from allergies that may originate from chemical substances in articles such as clothes and shoes.
Focus on children
During 2011-2014, the Swedish Chemicals Agency increased the number of inspections and investigations of substances that children are exposed to in their everyday life. We suggested several restrictions to be implemented in the EU chemicals legislation. This work will be further developed.
- Complex supply chains suggest the need for increased cooperation within the EU when it comes to inspections, says Jan Hammar.
But the main action will still be to develop the EU legislation.
- Development of EU regulations is the single most important action if we want to bring about an effective and preventive chemical control. We focus on children because they are particularly sensitive to the effects of chemicals. If we manage to protect the children we also protect adults, says Jan Hammar.