25 November 2010: PlasticsEurope welcomes outcome of RoHS Directive recast

PlasticsEurope, the European Association of Plastics Manufacturers, welcomes the recast of the RoHS Directive adopted by the European Parliament and share their objective of reducing environmental impacts of Electric and Electronic Equipments (EEE).

The industry believes that the revised RoHS Directive, as it now stands, will contribute to a coherent methodology for assessing the risks of substances used in EEE, in full consistency with REACH.

Three points in the adopted text will in particular help secure the European industry’s competitiveness and its continuous innovation drive:

  1. Priority list of substances for future restriction (Annex III), not based on scientific arguments, has been removed 
  2. There will be no unjustified extension of Annex IV, which deals with banned substances
  3. An explicit request for coherence between the RoHS methodology for risk assessments and REACH has been added

These constructive proposals received a massive support in the European Parliament plenary, with 640 votes in favour, 12 abstentions and three votes against.

Jean-Pierre De Grève, PlasticsEurope’s Deputy Executive Director said, "With this decision, the European policy-makers ensured that policies will continue to be based on sound science and relevant risk assessment and maintain a regulatory environment favourable to European competitiveness.” He added, "The outcome of this recast is a demonstration of the trust in the ongoing efforts made by the European industry in R&D and innovation, and also a strong encouragement to make additional steps forward”.

Editors' note:
PlasticsEurope is one of the leading European trade associations with centers in Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan and Paris. We are networking with European and national plastics associations and have more than 100 member companies, producing over 90% of all polymers across the EU27 member states plus Norway, Switzerland, Croatia and Turkey.

The European plastics industry makes a significant contribution to the welfare in Europe by enabling innovation, creating quality of life to citizens and facilitating resource efficiency and climate protection. More than 1.6 million people are working in about 50.000 companies (mainly small and medium sized companies in the converting sector) to create a turnover in excess of 300 billion € per year.

The plastics industry includes polymer producers - represented by PlasticsEurope, converters - represented by EuPC and machine manufacturers - represented by EUROMAP. For further info see the web links: www.plasticseurope.org, www.plasticsconverters.eu, www.euromap.org