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A4 Webinar - February 10, 2021

Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment (A4) and the
Society of Toxicology’s Sustainable Chemicals through Contemporary Toxicology (SCCT)
Specialty Section Webinar:

EU’s Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability Towards a Toxic-free Environment

Occurred on:
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

View Slides (pdf), Watch on YouTube


On October 14, 2020, the European Commission published its Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability.  The EU is the world’s second-largest chemicals producer, accounting for more than 17% of all chemical sales worldwide.  The Strategy represents the EU’s first step towards achieving a toxic-free environment described in the European Green Deal, including: 

  • Ensuring better protection of human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals 
  • Boosting innovation for safe and sustainable chemicals 
  • Enabling the transition to chemicals that are safe and sustainable by design

Ms. Elena Montani from the European Commission DG ENV will provide an overview of the origins and key elements of this holistic chemicals management strategy and discuss the European Union’s near-term plans for implementation, including insights on anticipated challenges and opportunities.  

Dr. Joel Tickner from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and Dr. Pam Spencer from Angus Chemical will co-facilitate the webinar. The webinar will also include group dialog with Ms. Montani regarding how green chemists, toxicologists, and alternatives assessors can contribute to critical elements of a more global chemicals sustainability strategy. 


Elena Montani
Policy Officer for the European Commission DG Env

Pam Spencer
Vice President of Regulatory, Product Stewardship & Quality at ANGUS Chemical
President of A4 and Vice President of SOT/SCCT

Joel Tickner

Professor, Public Health Department, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Executive Director of A4