Title REACH clarifies nano rules and restricts toxic textiles
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Date 2018-05-04 PM 4:07:03 Hit 152
The EU REACH Committee has voted to amend several annexes to the REACH Regulation concerning the regulation of nanomaterials while dozens of highly toxic chemicals are also set to be banned from clothing.
The decisions were taken by member state representatives during a meeting in Brussels over Wednesday and Thursday. They are expected to enter law following scrutiny by MEPs and ministers, after which they will come into force in two years time.
REACH applies currently to macroscopic and nanomaterials in the same way, leading to a number of regulatory disputesas chemically identical substances can have different effects depending on their physical structure. The lack of provisions for them also means that the quantities of substances registered under REACH as nano-forms are unknown.
The amendment applies specific assessment requirements on nanomaterials, ensuring that information on their basic characteristics, hazards and safe use is provided.
The proposal comes almost four years after the European Commission consulted on amending REACH to accommodate nanomaterials – described as a “long and unjustified delay” by Brussels green lobbyists EEB. The commission consulted on its current proposals in the autumn.
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