EU Revises Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS)
Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are organic chemicals that persist in the environment, accumulate through the food chain, and have adverse effects on human health and the environment. As they are highly toxic, persistent in the environment, bio-accumulative and transport at long-range, many countries signed the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants in 2001 to promote the elimination and reduction of POPs.
On June 25, 2019, the EU published Regulation (EU) 2019/1021, recasting the original POPs Regulation (EC) No. 850/2004, and the new regulation took effect on July 15, 2019.
Recently, the EU published several amendments to the POPs regulation in its Official Journal to revise requirements of regulated substances and related provisions. Highlights are listed in the following table.
Revising the exemption requirements of PFOS:
|(EU) 2020/1204||2020.08.18||Add dicofol (CAS No 115-32-2) to the Part A of Annex I|
|The amendments above enter into force on the twentieth day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union|
In addition, the EU has issued several draft amendments to POPs regulation and launched public consultation. Highlights are listed as following:
|PFOA and its salts and PFOA-related compounds||PFOA and its salts and/or PFOA-related compounds equal to or below 2 mg/kg (0,0002% by weight) where they are present in medical devices other than invasive devices and implantable devices|
|Pentachlorophenol (PCP) and its salts and esters||Pentachlorophenol (PCP) and its salts and esters equal to or below 5 mg/kg (0,0005% by weight) where they are present in substances, mixtures or articles|
|The consultation period is from September 1, 2020 to September 29, 2020|
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