The REACH Regulation which lays down the rules for marketing and using chemicals in Europe is undoubtedly one of the most far-reaching legislative reforms of the last twenty years. It enhances European competitiveness while giving improved protection to human health and the environment. The unions had a big hand in framing the legislation and remain influential in making it work. Along with the European social dialogue, close involvement by workers' representatives in developing and enforcing European laws designed to change our production models is another key means for developing social progress. It also paves the way for what could be the future of industrial relations in Europe, with the unions taking a prominent role in the regulation of key sectors of our economy.