Talking Chemicals with UN Environment


On 25-26 October, FTA attended a key stakeholder workshop organised by UN Environment Programme on chemicals in products such as toys, electronics and construction products. Malik Duhaut, Regulatory Affairs Advisor highlighted the main challenges for retailers, brands and importers operating globally, such as the lack of visibility on substances used by producers or regulatory divergences in different regions of the world.

Main conclusions

The meeting looked at chemical hotspots in supply chains, such as worker exposure, emissions to air and water, consumer exposure or waste, and how to address them. FTA promoted the Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) approach taken by Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme in the textile sector as a good practice, which could be replicated in the supply chains of toys, building products and electronics. Other initiatives brought up by stakeholders were product standards, stronger regulation and better enforcement, especially in third countries, green certification, and green public procurement.

Get involved

FTA will be sharing its expertise in this four-year long project. Interested FTA members are invited to read the invitation letter written by Achim Halpaap, Head of the Chemical and Waste Branch, and answer the stakeholder consultation survey.

For more information, please contact Malik Duhaut, Regulatory Affairs Advisor.


Chemicals in supply chain have been raised as a core issue by the UN Environment Chemical and Waste branch, focussing mostly on chemicals in textile supply chains. The goal of the workshop was to accomplish:

  • Building blocks towards a comprehensive framework describing the long-term objectives and aspirations of the Chemicals in Products Programme as well as the actions required to achieve the desired immediate, medium and long term needs and expectations.
  • A prioritised list of the activities or initiatives for each of the three sectors;
  • A stakeholder map including roles, responsibilities and actions;
  • A list of solutions and tools required to advance on actions included in the comprehensive framework, whether existing or in need of development.

This work will help in establishing a project plan funded by the Global Environment Facility together with stakeholders and UN Environment.

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