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Counting down to a cleaner future: monitoring the risks of hazardous chemicals

In collaboration with the European Environment Agency and the Joint Research Centre

The protection of human health and the environment from the threat of chemical pollution is a shared objective across EU chemical and environmental policies. Environmental monitoring in general, and chemical monitoring in particular, is essential to verify compliance and to track progress towards objectives and thereby to identify how best to prevent and mitigate chemical pollution. Over the last decades monitoring data of increasing amounts, complexity and precision have become available through regulatory provisions and scientific research. The next years will see huge developments in the way digital technologies are used to monitor and communicate information on Europe’s environment.

The EU chemical strategy for sustainability envisages a common open data platform on chemicals to facilitate the sharing, access and re-use of information on chemicals. To make best use of monitoring data across policy areas, the Commission has developed the Information Platform for Chemical Monitoring (IPCHEM), which will become an integral part of the common open data platform on chemicals. Using examples from recent or ongoing regulatory assessments, this session will show how chemical monitoring data and IPCHEM can help achieving the EU Zero Pollution Ambition as well as other EU strategies such as the Chemicals strategy for sustainability.


  • Caroline Whalley, Water Industries and Pollution Expert, European Environment Agency (EEA)
  • Marco Falconi, Water and Land Expert Team Leader, European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL)
  • Stephanie Bopp, Project Officer, Scientific Research, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission
  • Bernhard Berger, Deputy Head of Unit, Directorate General for Environment, European Commission
  • Bruno Dujardin, Senior Scientific Officer, Evidence Management Unit, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Prof. Christina Ruden, from the Department of Environmental Science, at Stockholm University
  • Prof. Robert Barouki, University of Paris School of Medicine, Head of National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) Research Unit


Session 4.3
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Room 3