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Workshop on substitution strategy 9-10 October 2017, ECHA


On 28-29 June 2017 ECHA’s thought starter on a substitution strategy was discussed between Member States, Stakeholders and the Commission in the meeting of Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP (CARACAL). The purpose of the strategy is to promote the substitution of chemicals of concern aiming to boost the availability of safer alternatives and to promote efficient, informed substitution, in a collaborative manner. Besides the study conducted by the Lowell Centre of Sustainable Production of the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The participants expressed their strong support towards the work on substitution and provided some examples of national bodies or stakeholders that could take part in the work. ECHA aims at having the substitution strategy endorsed by its Management Board in December 2017.

In order to have a focussed, meaningful, and actionable substitution strategy ECHA will hold a workshop mainly addressed to interested members of CARACAL on 9-10 October 2017. Participation to the event is by invitation only.


The purpose of the workshop is to have an open exchange of views between stakeholders and ECHA on the strategy on substitution, including which Member States or stakeholder organisations would hold a supply chain workshop on a particular theme. 

The workshop will address in particular the types of networks that could connect stakeholders and strengthen substitution capacity, learning, and adoption in the years to come.

Date and  venue

The workshop is organised at ECHA’s premises on 9-10 October 2017. It is provisionally scheduled to start at 13:00 on 9 October and end at 12:00 on 10 October (exact timing will be confirmed once the programme has been finalised).  


A summary of comments received on ECHA’s strategy thought starter, as well as an updated draft strategy will be made available to the participants.  The presentations will be published on ECHA’s website after the event.

More information

For additional information, please contact Denis Mottet at: substitution[at]


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