France's plan to prepare inventory of chemicals in consumer products


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France has a "special responsibility" towards oceans, because 11 of the country's 13 overseas territories are home to coral reefs. Therefore France has announced plans to create an inventory of substances in consumer products as part of an initiative to prevent hazardous chemicals polluting oceans.

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (Anses) is expected to deliver the inventory, which will include data on harmful chemicals in cosmetics, sunscreens and detergents deemed "especially toxic" for marine ecosystems and coral reefs.

The agency will identify the substances of "greatest concern" and propose an "appropriate regulatory framework", according to a press release.

Association 3 Herissons believes that this initiative could make contribution to global efforts on sound chemical management and battling ocean pollution.

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