The strategy for a non-toxic environment of the 7th Environment Action Programme (EAP)


European Commission, DG Environment, Brussels (BE)

Project leader

Milieu Law & Policy Consulting, Brussels (BE)

Project partner

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven (NL); Ökopol GmbH, Hamburg (DE); Risk & Policy Analysts Ltd (RPA), Loddon (UK)


2015 – 2017

The EU Commission will develop a Strategy for a non-toxic environment. To support their work, they contracted the current study, the overall aim of which is to provide

  • background information and a literature overview of the current (legal and policy) current situation to promote a non-toxic environment, including an analysis of gaps and deficits;
  • best practice examples of legislation, policies, research actions, awareness raising and other measures to promote a non-toxic environment;
  • recommendations for an EU-strategy for a non-toxic environment, based on a simplified (qualitative) impact assessment of different scenarios.

Seven focal areas (Substitution; chemicals in articles and non-toxic material cycles; improved protection of children and vulnerable groups from harmful exposure to hazardous chemicals; extremely persistent substances; policy means, innovation and competitiveness; a green chemicals programme and the creation of a joint early warning system for approaching chemical threats to health and the environment) are defined for in-depth assessment in the study.

The interim findings of a literature research and stakeholder interviews will be discussed at a workshop in Brussels.

The results of the project are a report providing background information to the Commission to develop their strategy for a non-toxic environment, including a first assessment of impacts of different possible measures and an inventory of best practice examples.

Contact: Antonia Reihlen