Chemical Restrictions: What Adjustments Companies Must Make

At the end of April, the EU Commission published its Restriction Roadmap. The core documents of the road map are lists of thousands of critical chemicals that are to be removed successively from the market in the next few years.

They are primary chemicals that have been identified as:

  • Carcinogenic, mutagenic, or reprotoxic (CMR substances)
  • (Very) persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (vPvB and PBT substances)
  • Endocrine-disrupting
  • Immunotoxic, neurotoxic, and airway-sensitizing
  • Toxic to specific organs

Plans call for updating the list at least once a year.

The Restriction Roadmap serves as an important building block of the EU chemicals strategy approved in 2020. With this measure, the EU wants to implement restrictions more quickly and more consistently in the future and to simplify collaboration between the national agencies of individual EU member states and the ECHA in the creation of restriction dossiers. Companies can use the lists to see which of their chemicals are affected by plans for restriction or other regulatory measures.

As a businessperson, you should keep an eye on the lists so that you can have secure plans for individual chemical applications and make appropriate arrangements when substitutes are to be used for specific chemicals.

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