12 Key Asks for the Chemical Strategy


Fidra, alongside other health and environmental NGOs, have produced 12 Key Asks for the UK Chemicals Strategy, outlining essential goals for effective protection of public health and the environment.

The UK Chemicals Strategy must provide strong, effective protection for UK citizens, wildlife and the environment from harmful chemicals. To ensure this level of protection, the strategy must:

  1. Prioritise prevention and precaution
  2. Phase out the most hazardous chemicals from consumer products for all non-essential uses
  3. Protect UK citizens and the environment from endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs)
  4. Phase out the use of PFAS and other very persistent chemicals
  5. Speed up regulation of harmful chemicals and avoid regrettable substitution by adopting a grouping approach
  6. Address the ‘cocktail effect’
  7. Maintain and expand on workers’ health and safety
  8. Ensure a clean circular economy with products that are safe by design
  9. Develop an effective monitoring and alert system
  10. Stop the continued accumulation of legacy chemicals in the environment
  11. Remain aligned with the world-leading chemical regulation EU REACH
  12. Ensure more transparency and use of all relevant science for assessing health risks

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