Environment: Orgalim comments on the French draft decrees on the identification of hazardous substances and the provision of information identifying endocrine disruptors in products

Published: 22 March 2021

Policies & Issues: Environment

Orgalim, representing Europe’s technology industries, does not support the provisions of the French draft decrees on the identification of hazardous substances and the provision of information identifying endocrine disruptors in products. Orgalim fears that the decrees will be a considerable burden for industry and create more confusion and fragmentation within the EU internal market, with very limited positive effects on the health of EU citizens and the environment.

Regulation of substances should take place at European level, for EU Member States to compete on a level playing field and reap the full benefits of the Internal Market, while delivering on health and environmental factors. It is essential to the efficiency and success of the Green Deal and the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan that requirements are developed on a harmonised basis, across all EU Member States. Orgalim calls on all Member States to refer to existing European procedures and Article 57 of REACH Regulation for the definition of hazardous substances. Moreover, regarding the Substances of Very High Concern in Products (SCIP) database, Orgalim has serious concerns about the workability, proportionality and value of these national provisions. We therefore call on France to first conduct a study on the overlap with future EU legislation as well as the usefulness, feasibility, proportionality and impact of these new requirements.

To read our recommendations in full, please download the position above.

Authors

Tierny
Timothée Tierny
Adviser - Energy and Environment

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