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Enforcement of products

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Enforcement of products

The SAICM Secretariat, in partnership with the University of Cape Town, established a community of practice on Chemicals in Products to bring representatives from different sectors together and to create a learning network around issues related to addressing Chemicals in Products (CiP). This is a summary of the discussion on Enforcement of products, which took place on 26 November 2020.

Presenters: Anna Fransson (Kemi), Stéphane Content (Cefic)

Enforcement is essential, and without enforcement any law will be ineffective. This also calls for enforcement of legislation regarding chemicals – as substances, mixtures and in articles. Many chemicals are incorporated in finished products, or articles, during the production process. Examples could be painted and lacquered furniture, polymers and metals in electric and electronic products, dyes in textiles, flame retardants and plasticizers in plastic products, etc. Articles may pose a risk due to their chemical contents. In some countries specific substances have been regulated in specific groups of articles, but in general they are to a large extent unregulated with regards to their chemical contents. This discussion reviewed these issues and looked for solutions.