EU chemicals strategy must enable progress in sustainability, says AISE

17th of December 2020
EU chemicals strategy must enable progress in sustainability, says AISE

AISE (International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products), the European organisation representing the detergents and maintenance products industry, has welcomed the European Commission's highly-anticipated Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and its commitment to safety and sustainability, but reinforces the need for a sound scientific basis rather than generic hazard-based approaches.

It supports an EU strategy for chemicals that prioritises the protection of human health and the environment. Detergents and maintenance products are key to the health of EU citizens - the recent pandemic has shown how critical good hygiene products and behaviours are, both in and outside the home. So product safety is of paramount importance to the industry and European chemicals legislation is already the most ambitious and stringent legal framework in the world.

Susanne Zänker, AISE director general said: "The detergents and maintenance products industry in Europe is wholeheartedly committed to driving progress in sustainability. We call on all actors involved in the Chemicals Strategy to use science as the core principle to enable innovation."

AISE says a strong and innovative future for industry is crucial, at a time of unprecedented disruptions to every aspect of the European economy. Ongoing investment in Europe is needed to drive economic recovery, and business predictability is key for such investment decisions.

With that in mind, the industry's key priorities are: a regulatory framework based on sound science and risk assessment; the need to foster innovation to inspire true progress in sustainability; a faster and more agile assessment and approval process for biocidal products; and consistent communication about product classification and leveraging digital opportunities.

With 29 national association members across Europe, 18 corporate members and 13 value chain partners, AISE represents over 900 companies supplying household and professional cleaning products and services across Europe.


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