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11-26-2015

ECPI Disappointed by European Parliament Decision

The European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates (ECPI) is disappointed by the European Parliament’s plenary vote against the Commission proposal to authorize the recycling of soft PVC containing DEHP. The final decision will be taken by the European Commission which is not obligated to follow the European Parliament’s opinion.

Although the European Commission proposal to grant the authorization of flexible PVC recycling containing DEHP fully respects REACH, the plenary vote challenges this process. “ECPI respects the right of the European Parliament to oversee an implementing measure but it is essential to underline that the Commission has been strictly adhering to its mandate under REACH. This is a highly complex and technical process based on thorough scientific and socio-economic impact assessments”, commented Stéphane Content, General Manager of ECPI.

In September 2014, ECHA’s Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) and Socioeconomic Analysis Committee (SEAC), based on an extensive evaluation of all available data, recommended the authorization of DEHP for use in specific applications including recycled soft PVC containing DEHP.

Furthermore, ECPI is concerned that the objection could undermine recycling, which in Europe represents about 200k tons per year of flexible PVC, for uses which have been proven to be safe. This would open a much wider debate around European waste management and the Circular Economy, the latter being strongly supported by the European Commission and the European Parliament.

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