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Call to exclude chemicals in TTIP

Ahead of the next round of negotiations on the future trade agreement, over 100 organisations including HEAL have called on the US and the EU to exclude chemicals regulation.

In a letter to US Trade Representative Michael Froman and EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht, chemical safety, health, environmental, labour, consumer and other groups express their strong opposition to the inclusion of any terms in the TTIP agreement that implicate the regulation of chemicals. The signatories underline that stricter controls of hazardous chemicals are vital to protecting public health and to moving society in the direction of greater innovation in its use of chemicals, with greater safety as a fundamental component of that innovation. However, EU and US trade policy seem to be advancing the chemical’s industry agenda at the expense of public health and the environment.

Groups also think that the inclusion of the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) terms in TTIP would undermine stronger chemical regulations by empowering corporations to circumvent national courts and directly challenge protections before extrajudicial tribunals. The EU Commission recently consulted on ISDS, and has received a huge response from about 150,000 people.

Letter on chemicals in TTIP available here

HEAL/CHEM Trust briefing on chemicals available here

Originally posted on 24 July 2014

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