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Brussels, 5 February 2013
61% of Europeans think that chemicals are now safer than 10 years ago
Three out of five Europeans say that chemical substances on the EU market today are safer than they were 10 years ago. That is one of the main results of the Eurobarometer on public's perception of chemicals and people's attitudes to their safety in Europe. Five years after REACH entered into force, Europeans not only believe that the safety of chemical products has improved, but 65 % respondents also agree that products containing chemical substances have been tested properly in the EU.
Views on chemicals are divided on who currently has responsibility for ensuring the safety of chemical substances – most of the respondents (48 %) think this power is hold by the European authorities, 42 % believe that the manufactures are responsible for this issue and only 35 % is convinced that the safety is a matter of national authorities. Aggregate results from the 27 Member states show that three fifths think the safety of chemical products should be the manufactures' responsibility.
The main results of the Eurobarometer survey can be summarised as follows:
About the Eurobarometer Survey on Chemicals
This survey contributes to the Commission’s Review of REACH, providing information on the general public’s perception and understanding of chemical substances, as well as attitudes towards their safety and awareness of regulations. The target sample size in most countries was 1,000 interviews; in total, 25,557 interviews were conducted.