EU Environment Report: July – August 2012 | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
EU Environment Report: July – August 2012

EU Environment Report: July – August 2012

In this issue:

(1) Chemicals:
(a) European Chemicals Agency consults on 54 proposals for Substances of Very High Concern
(b) Commission extends deadline for approval of triclosan
(2) Eco-design:
(a) Updated eco-design requirements for glandless circulators
(b) New draft eco-design rules for lighting
(3) Waste:
(a) EU regulatory committee approves end-of-waste criteria for glass
(b) New WEEE Directive enters into force
(4) Other: New type-approval requirements for vehicles
(5) The Months Ahead: Workshops & Conferences

 

Chemicals
European Chemicals Agency consults on 54 proposals for Substances of Very High Concern:
On 3 September, the European Agency opened a consultation on 54 chemicals that could be classified as substances of very high concern (SVHCs) on the REACH candidate list by the end of the year. The list of substances includes acetic acid, 21 lead compounds, the flame retardant deca-BDE, a series of perfluorinated acids, the phthalates n-pentyl-isopentylphthalate and diisopentylphthalate and several azo dyes. Substances on the candidate list are subject to extra information requirements. They will also be considered for addition to the REACH authorisation list. The public consultation will end on 18 October 2012. Interested parties can post their comments on the ECHA website.

Commission extends deadline for approval of triclosan: On 20 August, the European Commission adopted a decision extending the deadline for companies seeking EU approval for use of the biocide triclosan in disinfectants and as a preservative. The extension also applies to 2-phenoxyethanol. The new deadline for the submission of dossiers is 30 September 2013.

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