New Guidance on Safe and Sustainable-by-Design: The Transformative Power of Innovation


“Safe and Sustainable-by-Design: A Guidance to Unleash the Transformative Power of Innovation” outlines how to integrate SSbD principles into the core of the chemical industry’s innovation processes.

This new Cefic guidance offers comprehensive, actionable insights for integrating SSbD principles throughout the research and innovation process.

Echoing the European Green Deal and the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, this publication presents a balanced view, incorporating insights from the industry and key organizations like the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) . The goal is to foster a dialogue, clarifying the industry’s aspirations and policy expectations, aiming for a unified approach to a sustainable, circular, and inclusive economy by 2050.

Through this publication, Cefic aims to empower stakeholders across the value chain to effectively integrate SSbD principles, ensuring a future where products continuously improve in safety and sustainability based on scientific knowledge

This new SSbD guidance is a key milestone for safer, sustainable practices in the chemical industry, to be tested by companies, potentially leading to further framework developments.

The guidance is available here.