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HCF 2018 Depate: David Azoulay

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DEBATE: Can product stewardship replace regulation? Case nanomaterials
Presentation: David Azoulay, Managing Attorney, CIEL, Switzerland​

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HCF 2018 Depate: David Azoulay

  1. 1. Can product stewardship replace regulation? Nanomaterials case study. David Azoulay, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) Helsinki Chemical Forum, June 15th 2018
  2. 2. • Regulation or Product Stewardship… for what? • Lessons from the past. • Precaution based regulation and innovation OUTLINE Helsinki Chemical Forum, June 15th 2018
  3. 3.  REACH: Ensure high level of protection of human health and environment … and Enhance competitiveness and innovation.  Responsible Care: improve health, environmental performance, enhance security, and to communicate with stakeholders about products and processes.  SAICM: achieve sound management of chemicals throughout their life-cycle so that, chemicals are used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effects on human health and the environment Objective Helsinki Chemical Forum, June 15th 2018
  4. 4.  Benzene, Asbestos, PCBs, Lead in petrol, C8, Tobacco, Greenhouse gases etc….  A long history and track records of denial of harm and regulatory obstructions  Systemic obstacles, uncertainty and cognitive dissonance Lessons learned ? Helsinki Chemical Forum, June 15th 2018
  5. 5.  Let’s talk Nano.. The Reach experience  The uncertainty conundrum and the role of precaution based regulation Lessons learned ? Helsinki Chemical Forum, June 15th 2018
  6. 6. Yes but…what about the impact on innovation ? Helsinki Chemical Forum, June 15th 2018
  7. 7. • Study recent measures to reduce the risks of harm from additives to plastics (phthalates), • Use patent families as indicator of rates of invention Methodology Helsinki Chemical Forum, June 15th 2018
  8. 8. New inventions in response to stricter laws Precaution and innovation workshop – Brunel June 22/23 2015
  9. 9. Study shows that stricter rules sparks inventions and development of alternatives, including improvements of pre-existing alternatives Helsinki Chemical Forum, June 15th 2018
  10. 10. Health and environmental precaution based regulation not only create a safer marketplace, but also drive innovation towards greater societal benefits. Helsinki Chemical Forum, June 15th 2018
  11. 11. Kuala Lumpur SAICM regional meeting, March 23rd / 27th 2014 THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION AND QUESTIONS Contact: David Azoulay dazoulay@ciel.org
  12. 12. Is innovation necessarily a good thing in and of itself ? The story of a successful innovation, United States 1980’s • New and innovative product • Great Customer satisfaction • Great business opportunities • Welcomed by producers, distributors and consumers alike Precaution, regulation and innovation Helsinki Chemical Forum, June 15th 2018
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