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Collaborating towards better enforcement of chemicals legislation: learning from the textile and fashion sectors

Circularity, innovation in new materials and technologies and traceability are major drivers of change in the European textiles and clothing industry, an industrial ecosystem already recognised with potential to pave the way towards carbon neutrality and sustainability. As the EU sets to raise its regulatory bar to further safeguard people and the environment, the challenge will be to ensure any product entering the EU complies with EU laws. Evidence suggests that an overwhelming majority of articles non-compliant with the EU chemicals safety laws come from outside the EU. The findings therefore confirm an urgent need for EU member states to step up enforcement of EU safety laws particularly in imported goods.

With more than 23 billion garments entering the EU every year and an increasing number of restrictions on chemicals used in clothes, this dialogue will examine:

  • How to ensure all players, both the EU producing and importing textile and clothing companies as well as online sales, respect the same rules?
  • Considering the growing a list of restrictions in the textiles sector (CMRs, skin sensitisers), how can we ensure that such wide spanning restrictions can be enforced?
  • What is the role of partnerships and collaborations between companies, civil society and governments to enhance enforcement activities?

Join us to examine current challenges and opportunities to step up market surveillance to boost protection of European consumers and safeguard European industry competitiveness.


Jennifer Baker

European Journalist
EU Policy and Tech Reporter
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Baptiste Carriere-Pradal 

The Policy Hub
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Dunja Drmac 

Manager Chemicals Legislation (REACH)
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Matthias Schmidt-Gerdts 

Head of Unit DG GROW– Market surveillance
European Commission
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Dirk Vantyghem 

Director General
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