Chemicals Policy

Ökopol’s work in the field of chemicals and chemicals legislation, in particular the REACH-regulation, range from the development of practical implementation tools, such as guidance documents or IT-tools, the organisation of strategic dialogue processes, studies on the evaluation of policy success or strategic consulting of enterprises and other actors on their options to act.

Since the discussion on the white book on chemicals policy, Ökopol contributed with several studies and projects to the development of REACH and the ECHA guidance documents at EU level. Furthermore, Ökopol is involved in several dialogue processes, among others on the chemical safety assessment, communication in the supply chain, interfaces with product and waste legislation as well as the monitoring of the impacts of chemicals legislation.

Ökopol develops implementation tools for chemicals legislation on behalf of authorities, industry associations and enterprises. Several consulting services are offered to companies to support them in achieving compliance with REACH and other chemicals legislation.

The content-related organisation of national discussion processes is another focus of Ökopol’s work. Examples of such activities are the national dialogue on nanotechnologies organised by the Ministry of the Environment, the Hamburg competence network REACH and the workshop series Reach in Practice of the Federal Environment Agency.

In addition to the main topic REACH, Ökopol works on the identification of possibilities to integrate substance-related aspects and methods of REACH into other policy areas, such as in the context of the classification and labelling of wastes or the development of criteria under the Ecodesign-Directive or product labels.

Ökopol

  • Assesses substances and develops corporate and sector specific risk management strategies
  • Develops practical tools for the economic actors to assess risks and communicate respective information along the supply chain
  • Represents environmental groups at the expert level in European discussions on chemicals policy
  • Participates in interdisciplinary research projects on the identification of conditions for the dynamic substitution of hazardous substances in the context of sustainability strategies.

Current references concerning Chemicals Policy

Title Client
Project leader
Project partner
Duration

Title Client
Project leader
Project partner
Duration
Proposals for the further development of the EU chemicals regulation after 2018 and related implementation strategies (FKZ: 3717 67 410 0)
Short description
German Federal Environment Agency, Dessau (DE)

Project leader:
Ökopol GmbH, Hamburg (DE)

Project partner:
FoBiG Forschungs- und Beratungsinstitut Gefahrstoffe GmbH, Freiburg (DE); Öko-Institut e.V., Freiburg (DE); Risk & Policy Analysts Ltd (RPA), Loddon (UK); Sonderforschungsgruppe Institutionenanalyse - Sofia e.V. (Hochschule Darmstadt) (DE)
2018 – 2021

V731
Chemical Safety Management Training Hub for Chemical Users (Project number: 2017-1-PL01-KA202-038432)
Short description
Erasmus+ EU-Programm für allgemeine und berufliche Bildung, Jugend und Sport, Bonn (DE)

Project leader:
Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Lodz (PL)

Project partner:
Astiki Mikerdoskopiki Etaireia PROLEPSIS Institut, Athen (GR); Fundatia ROMTENS, Bukarest (RO); Ökopol GmbH, Hamburg (DE); POLITECHNIKA LODZKA, Lodz (PL)
2017 – 2020

V742
Partnership for Sustainable Textiles - Working Group on Chemicals and Environmental Management
Partnership for Sustainable Textiles
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Berlin (DE)

Project leader:
giz - International Cooperation, Eschborn (DE)

Project partner:
Textiles Industry Stakeholders
2016 – 2020

V612-3
Investigation on the legal consequences of classification and labelling according to Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) in the frame of an update and a partial revision of legal acts contained in a database with the name "legal consequences of classification" Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), Berlin (DE)

Project leader:
Ökopol GmbH, Hamburg (DE)
2018 – 2019

V748
Feasibility study on the use of comprehensive tools to manage information flows from product supply chains to waste operators (Contract no.: SI2.663702) European Commission, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH), Brussels (BE)

Project leader:
Ökopol GmbH, Hamburg (DE)

Project partner:
Risk & Policy Analysts Ltd (RPA), Loddon (UK); Sonderforschungsgruppe Institutionenanalyse - Sofia e.V. (Hochschule Darmstadt) (DE);
2018 – 2019

V747
Development of informative web-sites for small and medium-sized enterprises on SVHC in articles
Short description
Landesanstalt für Umwelt, Messungen und Naturschutz Baden-Wuerttemberg (LUBW), Karlsruhe (DE)

Project leader:
Ökopol GmbH, Hamburg (DE)

Project partner:
eco-media kommunikation, Hamburg (DE)
2016 – 2019

V708, 730
Potential SVHC in the environment and articles - Data collection in the preparation of a restriction proposal on PFC (FKZ 3716 64 4151) German Federal Environment Agency, Dessau (DE)

Project leader:
Ökopol GmbH, Hamburg (DE)

Project partner:
Swerea IVF, Mölndal (SE)
2016 – 2019

V694
Continuation of the German NanoDialogue by the German Government 2016-2017 (FKZ UM 16 65 2150)
Short description
Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Berlin (DE)

Project leader:
Ökopol GmbH, Hamburg (DE)
2016 – 2019

V689
LIFE Fit for REACH - Substition of hazardous substances in companies in the Baltic States
Short description
European Commission, DG Environment (Life+ Program), Brussels (BE)

Project leader:
Baltic Environmental Forum (BEF), Riga (LV)

Project partner:
Ökopol GmbH, Hamburg (DE), BEF Lithuania, BEF Estonia, Ecodesign competence centre, Hendrikson & Ko OÜ, Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre, Health Board Estonia, Kaunas University of Technology, Center for Environmental Policy and others
2015 – 2019

V686, 712
REACH-Hamburg, organisation of a competence and promotion network for REACH in Hamburg Several business companies of Hamburg

Project leader:
Ökopol GmbH, Hamburg (DE)
since 2011

V587
REACH Consulting Various

Project leader:
Ökopol GmbH, Hamburg (DE)

Project partner:
IHK Luebeck (DE); UMCO GmbH, Hamburg (DE); Association of German Engineers (VDI), Duesseldorf (DE)
since 2006

V482, 527, 556, 583
9.7.2019

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