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Title (Primary) Increase coherence, cooperation and cross‑compliance of regulations on chemicals and water quality
Author Munthe, J.; Lexén, J.; Skårman, T.; Posthuma, L.; Brack, W.; Altenburger, R.; Brorström‑Lundén, E.; Bunke, D.; Faust, M.; Rahmberg, M.; Sleeuwaert, F.; Slobodnik, J.; van Gils, J.; van Wezel, A.;
Journal Environmental Sciences Europe
Year 2019
Department BIOTOX; WANA;
Volume 31
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T32;
Abstract An analysis of existing regulatory frameworks for chemicals reveals a fragmented situation with a number of regulatory frameworks designed for specific groups of chemicals; for protection of different end-points and covering different parts of the chemicals´ life cycle stages. Lack of- and fragmented information on chemicals (properties, use, emissions as well as fate, occurrence and effects in the environment) limit the ability for assessment and early action, and existing legislation would benefit from more transparency and openness of information and knowledge. To achieve harmonisation of existing legislation and an efficient control of chemical contamination of European waters, a solution-focused approach is proposed including increased ambitions (in monitoring, modelling, and risk assessment), cooperation and dialogue. More holistic and efficient development and implementation of existing legislation can be achieved by better cooperation, harmonisation and information exchange between different regulatory frameworks and by improved science–policy interactions. The introduction of an organisational structure and incentives for cooperation are proposed. Cooperation should focus on harmonisation of advanced monitoring activities, modelling, prioritisation, risk assessment and assessment of risk prevention (‘safe by design’) and minimisation options. A process for dialogue and information exchange between existing policy frameworks and with stakeholders (industry, NGO´s, etc.) should be included to identify feasible options for mitigation as well as regulatory gaps—on local and EU-scales. There is also a need to increase international cooperation and strengthen global agreements to cover the full life cycle of chemicals (produced and consumed globally) and for exchanging knowledge and experiences to allow early action. This recommended action would also provide knowledge and a framework for a shift towards a sustainable chemistry approach for chemical safety based on a “safe by design” concept.
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Persistent UFZ Identifier https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=22273
Munthe, J., Lexén, J., Skårman, T., Posthuma, L., Brack, W., Altenburger, R., Brorström‑Lundén, E., Bunke, D., Faust, M., Rahmberg, M., Sleeuwaert, F., Slobodnik, J., van Gils, J., van Wezel, A. (2019):
Increase coherence, cooperation and cross‑compliance of regulations on chemicals and water quality
Environ. Sci. Eur. 31 , art. 64