‘These REACH restrictions aim to reduce exposure of people and the environment to some of the most harmful chemicals…’
The European Commission has released its Restrictions Roadmap. Published at the end of April, the Roadmap is said to be an ‘important step for providing detailed information on all ongoing work on future restrictions under the EU chemical legislation.’ The Roadmap is a deliverable of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and forms part of the European Green Deal.
The Roadmap prioritises group restrictions for the most harmful substances to human health and the environment, as set out in the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, and includes a rolling list of substances which will become the basis for planning under REACH. The Commission said that the rolling list will be regularly reviewed and updated.
Commissioner for the Environment, Virginijus Sinkevičius said; ‘These REACH restrictions aim to reduce exposure of people and the environment to some of the most harmful chemicals, addressing a wide range of their uses - industrial, professional and in consumer products.’
At the same time, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted for stricter limits on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in waste. Adopting new rules on POPs and managing waste that contains them, MEPs have voted in favour of destroying materials that contain excessive levels of POPs, preventing them from being used for recycling. In addition, MEPs want to introduce significantly lower levels of POPs in products, which would provide better alignment of the POPs regulation with the goals of the European Green Deal. The European Parliament is set start negotiations with Member States to shape the final legislation.