On 22 March, a stakeholder workshop on the Safe and Sustainable by Design criteria for chemicals and materials (SSbD) took place. SSbD aims to assess the overall sustainability of the use of a particular chemical/material in specific applications and contribute to achieving the objectives included in the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS).
Considering the discussion during the session and the documents disclosed to the stakeholders, BeST has prepared a position paper stressing the importance of a coherent and balanced approach.
In detail, BeST highlighted the following key points:
The preference for a risk-based approach over a cut-off hazard approach.
The need to acknowledge the ambition and the complexity of implementing health and environmental life-cycle assessments, especially for SMEs.
The need to avoid unintended consequences.
To access BeST’s position paper, download the pdf file below.