Current activity

Lead and its compounds are already subject to a number of restrictions under REACH. For example, the use of lead carbonates and lead sulphates in paints is prohibited by Entries 16 and 17 of Annex XVII, and lead and its compounds are restricted in jewellery and in articles supplied to the general public that can be mouthed by children by Entry 63.

More generally, Annex XVII Entries 28-30 apply restrictions to substances with harmonised classification as Category 1A or 1B carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxicants (CMRs) as or in chemicals supplied to the general public.

The Consortium currently has an extensive workplan relating to Restriction. With additional Restriction proposals anticipated in 2017 for the use of lead shot in wetlands, and regarding lead-stabilisers in PVC, the Consortium will carry out its advocacy plan in partnership with relevant downstream user organisations.

The Consortium is also monitoring and responding to the use of the fast-track – Article 68(2) – process by the European Commission to restrict CMRs in articles for consumer use.

What is Restriction?

REACH Restrictions provide procedures to regulate the manufacture, placing on the market or use of certain substances where unacceptable risks exist on an EU-wide basis. Restrictions may subject the substance to narrow, specific conditions, or its use or presence in goods may be prohibited; they are designed to act as a safety net to manage Community-wide risks that are otherwise not adequately controlled.

An individual Member State, or ECHA at the request of the European Commission, can propose restrictions. The normal procedure foresees a formal proposal notified to the ECHA Registry of Intentions, which undergoes scrutiny through public consultations and by ECHA’s Committees for risk assessment and socio-economic assessment (RAC and SEAC). However, where the concern relates to carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxicants (CMRs), including in articles, for use by consumers, the Commission can utilise a fast-track procedure which bypasses the need for scrutiny and formal impact assessment.

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