EU REACH

On 12 February 2019, the Commission joint Committee established under the REACH regulation, opened discussion on a proposal to amend Annex XIV of the regulation in order to list 12 additional new SVHC.

The proposal, which is based on ECHA 5th, 7th and 8th recommendations, will expand the REACH authorization list to 55 substances with sunset date up to 54 months after date of entry into force of the amended regulation.

Brexit

All companies placing chemical substances onto the markets of the European Union and European Economic Area need to prepare for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU. New instructions are now available on ECHA’s website.

ECHA recommends companies to prepare for a ‘no deal’ scenario ahead of the UK’s withdrawal on 30 March 2019.

On 17 December 2018, the UK Government published a draft statutory instrument proposing to amend UK domestic waste regulations that implement certain European Directives related to waste management to ensure the continued operation of the UK waste regime post Brexit.

The draft focuses on ensuring that regulatory alignment with the EU continues with focus on waste batteries and accumulators, end of waste criteria, packaging waste, end-of-life vehicle destruction certification, landfill acceptance criteria, the management of waste from extractive industries, and calculation methods for verifying recycling target compliance.

The draft also aims to ensure that the rules set out under the following Directives continue to apply:

  1.  Directive 91/689/EEC on hazardous waste;
  2.  Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste as amended by Council Regulation (EC) No 1882/2003;
  3.  Directive 2004/12/EC and Directive 2005/20/EC;
  4.  Directive 2008/98/EC on waste.

The draft, once enacted, will enter into force on 29 March with the exception of Part 1 and 2 which will enter into force 21 days after the text is finalized.