On 26 June, the Council of the European Union published the new Chemicals Policy Strategy, which highlights the need to develop a sustainable EU chemicals policy strategy. The topics covered are REACH, endocrine disruptors, nanomaterials and pharmaceuticals, in particular:
The illegal imports issue is also covered on paragraph 22:
[….]CALLS for strengthening the enforcement of REACH by competent authorities and REQUESTS the Commission to study options to facilitate the work of customs authorities, in particular on the TARIC code for substances, mixtures and articles; STRESSES the importance of combatting the illegal trade and trafficking of harmful substances and waste also at global level;
This is a very important signal that reinforces the European FluoroCarbons Technical Committee action plan, which aims to stop the illegal imports of HFCs in the EU.