« Discussions at the EU REACH Committee meeting last week on authorisation applications for several substances centred on the length of their review periods and their scope.
The first discussion addressed the applications from three recycling firms to permit the recycling of PVC containing the phthalate DEHP. Some member states said the proposed seven-year review period should be shortened, and that it would be more logical to discuss the applications at the same time as those from Arkema, ZAK and Deza, which applied for DEHP’s continued use in the formulation and use in production of PVC products.
But at least one member state argued that it would “send a bad signal” if the committee overruled the opinions of Echa’s Socio-economic Analysis Committee (Seac) and Risk Assessment Committee (Rac) on the recycling firms’ applications.
The REACH Committee also discussed applications for so-called “bridging” authorisations from a number of companies – including Ineos Styrenics – to use the brominated flame retardant HBCDD in expanded polystyrene (EPS) pellets and in EPS building insulation. Although Rac and Seac have adopted Opinions on these, some member states continue to argue that the applications should not be granted. The committee expects to vote on the applications at its next meeting on 21-22 October.
Discussions were also held on applications from DCC Maastricht for various uses of lead chromate pigments. These are opposed by Cepe, the trade body representing the European paints industry. It says that alternatives are already widely available. No date was agreed for taking a vote.
Three environmental groups – WCEF, Wemos and PAN Europe – wrote to Dutch environment minister Stas Mansveld urging her to oppose the granting of authorisations for any of the DEHP, HBCDD and lead chromate applications. »
Article by Geraint Roberts
Rac/Seac adopted opinions on authorisation applications : http://echa.europa.eu/addressing-chemicals-of-concern/authorisation/applications-for-authorisation-previous-consultations
NGOs letter : http://www.wecf.eu/download/2015/September/REACHBriefStasWECFPANWemos170915.pdf
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