The European Chemical Agency’s advisors adopted a number of decisions on hazardous substance restrictions at a plenary meeting in late November and early December.
The Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) backed the agency’s own proposal to tighten the existing restriction on cadmium in paints. The proposal, made on behalf of the European Commission, is intended to close potential loopholes undermining enforcement.
The existing regulation does not contain a limit value for cadmium and restricts only “use”. That means it “could be interpreted to mean intentional use only” and “the restriction might be understood as not covering potential cadmium impurities”, ECHA said in a statement.
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