In December 2019, the European Commission launched the European Green Deal: a program aimed at achieving a climate-neutral continent by 2050. This program protects European Union (EU) citizens and the environment against hazardous chemicals and encourages industry to innovate safe and sustainable alternatives to harmful substances.

One of the deal’s sustainability targets calls for a toxic-free environment, pointing to the importance of increased scrutiny of imported goods. As a result, the European Commission is calling for a regulatory framework more heavily based on transparency and scientific proof of risk.

Learn more about how the EU regulatory landscape is shifting in our overview, Understanding the EU Waste Framework Directive & SCIP Database.

This call for change is one of many indications that old supply chain data management programs may not sufficiently protect companies from risk. As regulatory requirements become more stringent, the burden of proof on producers will only grow. Programs that cannot collect sufficient product data risk non-compliance, especially as the European Commission increases enforcement budgets for product compliance regulations.

As customs authorities across the EU take a greater role in blocking market access for non-compliant importers, improving your supply chain data management program becomes increasingly necessary. To learn how Assent can support adherence to evolving product compliance laws, contact us today.

Dr. Raj Takhar
Regulatory & Sustainability Expert, Product Sustainability

Raj helps companies meet their product compliance challenges in an ever-changing regulatory landscape. He specializes in product compliance, chemical reporting, and program implementation in Europe.

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