Before closing the year, let’s take a moment to reflect on what came our way:
The implementation of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and with it: the starting process for the revision of the two main Regulations for the classification (CLP) and registration & risk management of chemicals (REACH), the kick-off work on the concept for essential use of hazardous chemicals, reflections for a new approach in designing chemicals which are Safe and Sustainable by Design, and the basis for an upcoming initiative on sustainable products, among the others.
A European Commission report taking stock of the implementation of the Biocidal Products Regulation
Data gathering on non-compliant hand sanitisers finding their way into the European market
EU authorities triggering the revision of sector-specific legislation for cosmetics and detergents
We did our fair share of work in anticipation of these EU policy developments including, but not limited to responding to EU consultations on the Sustainable Products initiative, REACH, and CLP; also having a Cefic representative speak on our behalf at the 2021 ChemicalWatch Biocides Symposium.
MCEC did not stop here: we organised a workshop under Chatham House Rules on “Microbial control – is too much precaution a risk?”, in a hybrid format, for the first time since the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic. The workshop led to the conclusion that collaboration with institutional stakeholders and representatives from the value chain, academia and civil society is needed to accelerate innovations for microbial control.
We are proud of our accomplishments for 2021 and feel ready to take on what comes our way in 2022, still counting on the strong MCEC leadership, following the re-election of the current Chair and Vice-Chair. Meanwhile, we wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season!
MCEC President, Global Strategy and Growth Leader for IFF’s Microbial Control Business.
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