This is an abstract from The Cornerstone JSFB’s September edition. Subscribers can read the full article here.

Chemical safety, especially when it comes to our everyday consumer products, is a topic of increasing relevance for the public. Almost weekly, news about food being contaminated, poisonous toys due to use of lead paints or unhealthy indoor air polluted by chemicals released from wall paint or furniture concern the public. Consequentially, calls for more stringent chemical management systems are con-stantly increasing. In fact, there is a trend toward hazard-based chemicals assessment fueled by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and regulators – as well as companies and brand-owners at the other end of the value chain.

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company, which also applies for our Product Stewardship programs. We work diligently to make sure our products can be handled safely throughout the value chain and, we are sharing our data and expertise with our industry peers and with the public. BASF believes that the best approach in Product Stewardship is a balance between sound regulations and voluntary industry initiatives, recognizing the chemical industry as an essential partner towards safe chemicals management globally.

Dr. Martin Kayser is a Senior Vice President of Product Safety, Regulations Toxicology and Ecology at BASF.