Of respondents, views are divided on who has responsibility for chemical substance safety –
|What people think of REACH|
- 48% think ensuring safety is the role of European authorities
- 42 % believe that manufactures are responsible
- only 35 % is convinced that safety is a matter for national level authorities
- The majority of people think that there are chemicals in articles of daily use. 96% of respondents believe that cleaning products and paint contain chemical substances, 90% think that chemicals are also in cosmetics or beauty products. However, only 56% express certainty on this issue.
- Food is the product that people are most likely to check, with a large majority at 81% saying that they look at the ingredients before buying. On the contrary, only 23% would check electronics.
- 69% of Europeans disagree that it is possible to completely eliminate chemical substances from daily life.
- Over 52% of respondents disagree that new chemical substances can help in contributing to a better environment.
- Three quarters of Europeans agree that new chemical substances are involved in most industrial innovations.
- 46% of Europeans would wait until a newly launched product containing new chemical substances had been proven to be working and safe over a long period of time before buying it.
- Only 2% of respondents would buy a new product immediately
- Three in five (61%) of Europeans say that the chemical substances on the EU market today are safer than they were 10 years ago.
- Half (49%) of Europeans think that EU manufactured products containing chemical substances are safer compared to those imported from outside the EU.
- Two thirds (65%) of Europeans agree that in the EU, products containing new chemical substances have been properly tested.
- 48% think that the authorities of the European Union authorities are responsible for the products' safety, 42% think it is currently carried out by the manufacturers themselves and a third (35%) think it is carried out by the national authorities. Three fifths (60%) think that the manufacturers themselves should have that role.