JPAC Public Consultation on new CEC project to advance supply chain transparency in North America
The Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) is seeking comments and suggestions from citizens across North America on a new CEC initiative that will seek to advance supply chain transparency with regard to chemicals used in products.
A fundamental assumption in a circular economy is that materials re-introduced within value chains are safe for human health and the environment. However, challenges to identifying risks can be due to a lack of composition data for chemicals in products, as well as a lack of industrial awareness of the harm they may poses.
The goal of this project is to foster collaboration among North American countries to improve supply chain transparency and enhance governments’ ability to identify and prevent products containing chemicals of concern, or chemical substitutes of concern (e.g., regrettable substitution), from entering or re-entering the economy. The information derived from this project will also help industry build resilient supply chains that respond to consumer demand for safer products and information on their chemical composition.
Based on comments received from the public, JPAC members will provide an Advice to the Council. This Advice will include recommendations for the implementation of the project and suggestions on key organizations for potential collaboration and partnerships in order to maximize the project’s successful implementation.
The deadline to submit comments in writing is on April 4, 2022.
The full text of the draft project description is available here: Advancing Supply Chain Transparency for Chemicals in Products
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