International legislative frameworks

With respect to regulation of chemical substances in consumer products, different international legislative frameworks are relevant. The use and production of all substances that are processed in consumer products is regulated by REACH.

Consumer products are subject to ‘vertical’ (i.e. sector-specific) and ‘horizontal’ legislation (i.e. workers legislation, chemical legislation and general environmental legislation). Some specific products are directly regulated by vertical legislation e.g. biocidal products, plant protection products, cosmetics food contact materials, detergents and toys. Consumer products that are not governed by specific legislation have to meet the requirements of the General Product Safety Directive.

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