Chemical substances and health protection

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Chemical substances and health protection

Chemical substances and health protection

The use of chemicals in modern society, in almost all production processes, makes the chemical sector one of the most important and globalized in the world economy. However, the essential contribution of these substances must be balanced with the identification of potential costs. These include the intensive use of water and energy as well as possible risks and negative impacts on the environment and human health. The diversity and potential gravity of these impacts make the management of chemicals an essential cross-cutting issue for sustainable development.

Consumers and users, if properly informed, can make a significant contribution to reducing risks, including through an informed choice of products and their responsible use.

The limitation of any damage to health and the environment can be guaranteed by the evaluation and management of substances throughout the entire life cycle, from production, to disposal, to reuse.

The Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS, the National Institute of Health in Italy) has a leading role in the Italian and European context in research, evaluation, management, control and regulation in the sector of chemicals and products and helps to protect human health by promoting innovation and competitiveness.

The ISS assesses the dangers and risks associated with substances and chemicals and is the national reference for the prevention and surveillance of dangerous exposures and intoxications, and for the national control plans and coordinates the network of national laboratories.

It also represents the technical-scientific interface of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), addressing emerging issues related to the health of the population.



Come leggere l’etichetta di un prodotto cosmetico

Il prodotto cosmetico è sottoposto agli obblighi del Regolamento Europeo n. 1223/2009 e l’etichetta deve essere redatta conformemente all’articolo 19 della stessa.

  1. Gli ingredienti impiegati devono essere dichiarati sul recipiente e sulla confezione dei prodotti, secondo quanto previsto dall’inventario europeo e dalla nomenclatura comune degli ingredienti (Decisione 2006/257/CE).

I prodotti di importazione possono contenere sostanze non ritenute pericolose nei Paesi in cui sono stati fabbricati. Pertanto i controlli effettuati consentono alle Autorità competenti gli opportuni interventi.

Il sistema di allarme rapido Safety Gate consente un rapido scambio di informazioni tra gli Stati membri dell’UE/SEE, il Regno Unito e la Commissione europea sui prodotti che, ad eccezione degli alimenti, dei farmaci e dei presidi medici, possono rappresentare un grave rischio per la salute e la sicurezza dei consumatori.

Ricorda di leggere sempre attentamente l’etichetta che è la prima fonte di informazione per un uso consapevole.


Vocabolario CNSC

Cosmetici Materiale divulgativo Copertina Conosci l'etichetta

Dipartimenti/Centri/Servizi

Chemicals, cosmetics and consumer protection Centres

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Chemical substances and health protection Advice to the consumer