A committee of EU member state representatives on REACH has agreed to postpone the adoption of a harmonised classification for lead-containing mixtures. The classification was included in the proposed EU Regulation, known as the seventh adaptation to technical progress (7ATP) of the EU CLP Regulation.
The proposed classification says lead-containing mixtures or materials should be classified as a category 1A reprotoxicant at a specific concentration limit (SCL) of 0.03%. Meeting last week, the representatives agreed to withdraw it, so that the proposed Regulation, implementing the 7ATP, could be voted through.
The vote on the 7ATP had been postponed at the committee’s last meeting, because some countries want a higher concentration limit that will help the recycling of lead-containing materials.
Further work on the testing methods for calculating lead concentration in alloys still needs to be done, before coming to a solution, Chemical Watch understands. Echa is expected to be tasked with the work.
The classification will now be added to the proposal for the ninth ATP. It is not yet clear when these discussions will start. Metals industry representatives welcomed the postponement. “In the next months, we look forward to supporting the EU’s work to evaluate how bioelution tests can be used for classification of inorganic substances and address the lead-specific concentration limit issue, including its potential impact on downstream applications and metals recycling,” says Guy Thiran, Eurometaux director general.