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NGO letter on ECHA consumers right to know video

On 17 July environmental and health organisations including HEAL sent a letter to Geert Dancet, Executive Director of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to express their appreciation of the ECHA video ’The price you pay’ launched recently.

The video contributes to raising awareness of European citizens of substances of very high concern present in consumer articles and products and to enhance the consumers’ right to know guaranteed by the REACH regulation.

You can watch the video here

The video enables citizens to be more aware of the risks linked to hazardous chemicals to which they are exposed and provides for informed purchasing decisions towards safer consumer articles.

However, the NGOs do think the video could go further by making ECHA’s ’chemicals in our life’ page even more informative and helpful for consumers. ECHA could develop its own model letter in order to encourage European citizens to exercise their right to know according to REACH and they could even go beyond the video by giving concrete examples of controversial chemicals, where they are found and how they could be avoided by people who may not want to expose themselves to them.

You can download the full letter here.

Last updated on 24 July 2014

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