Second public consultation on restricting five phenylmercury compounds and mercury in measuring devices
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ECHA calls for comments on the Committee for Socio-economic Analysis' draft opinion on one restriction proposal concerning the manufacturing, placing on the market and use of five phenylmercury compounds. The Agency is also asking for comments on a proposal restricting the placing on the market of mercury in several measuring devices that are used in industrial and professional settings. The deadline for comments on both proposals is 16 August 2011.
Helsinki, 16 June 2011
Five phenylmercury compounds
A first public consultation of the restriction proposal, submitted by Norway, on five phenylmercury compounds took place from September 2010 to March 2011. The proposal has been discussed in ECHA's Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC), taking into account the comments received during the first public consultation and the advice from the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement.
RAC adopted its opinion that the restriction will contribute to the reduction of exposure to mercury. By restricting its placing on the market and the use of phenylmercury compounds, the proposal will be beneficial for human health and the environment, and therefore the restriction is necessary and appropriate (16th meeting on 7-10 June 2011).
SEAC agreed on a draft opinion concluding that the proposed restriction on the five phenylmercury compounds is the most appropriate Community wide measure to address the identified risks in terms of the proportionality of its socio-economic benefits to its socio-economic costs (11th meeting on 14-16 June 2011).
Mercury in measuring devices
A first public consultation of the restriction proposal submitted by ECHA on mercury in measuring devices, took place from September 2010 to March 2011. The proposal has been discussed in ECHA's Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) taking into account the comments received during the first public consultation and the advice from the Forum on enforceability.
RAC adopted its opinion that the proposed restriction will contribute to the reduction of the mercury pool in society, thus avoiding emissions and exposures causing negative impacts on human health and the environment, and that a restriction is therefore appropriate (16th meeting on 7-10 June 2011).
SEAC agreed on a draft opinion concluding that there were technically and economically feasible alternatives available for the devices falling under the scope of the opinion and that the restriction was justifiable from a socio-economic point of view (11th meeting on 14-16 June 2011).
In line with the REACH Regulation, ECHA is organising a second public consultation. Interested parties are invited to comment on both proposed restrictions, as developed in the SEAC draft opinion, by 16 August 2011.
Comments will be reviewed and taken into account by SEAC in its final opinion which is scheduled for adoption by 24 September 2011.
ECHA will then submit the opinions of RAC and SEAC to the European Commission. The final decision on the restriction is taken by the European Commission.