The Wednesday 5th 2.30pm session ‘Only One Air: Better Indoor Air for Better Health’ features a presentation by Marianne Stranger of the EPHECT Programme. EPHECT tests the read world health effects of domestic cleaning products on indoor air quality. It acts as a complimentary set of empirical data to the EU REACH legislation framework which is concerned with data-basing harmful chemicals to be phased out of use. READ MORE

The European Commission has concluded that the use of chemicals in the EU has become safer since REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances) came into force five years ago. The legislation sets out a timetable for manufacturers to register 30,000 of the approximately 100,000 chemicals on the market in Europe. Under the EU’s precautionary principle, European businesses are obliged to find substitutes for chemicals deemed potentially unsafe.