Position paper – Essential uses – ACEA

Under the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS), a number of legislative and non-legislative measures with significant impacts on the automotive industry are planned. These include amendments that will affect the way the REACH Regulation is applied.

In response to the consultation of the competent authorities for REACH and CLP (CARACAL), the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA), the Motorcycle Industry in Europe (ACEM), the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA ), European Tire and Rubber Manufacturers Association (ETRMA), Japan Auto Parts Industries Association (JAPIA) and Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA) have developed a common position on “essential uses”.

The CSS points out that the European Commission “will define criteria for essential uses to ensure that the most harmful chemicals are only authorized if their use is necessary for health, safety or critical for the functioning of society and its environment. ‘there is no acceptable alternative’. from an environmental and health perspective. These criteria will guide the application of essential uses in all relevant EU legislation for generic and specific risk assessments.

The determination of these criteria and the definition of “essential uses” will have a decisive impact on the industry. ACEA, ACEM, CLEPA, ETRMA, JAPIA and KAMA therefore believe that it is of the utmost importance to provide a balanced and clear definition of the criteria for the notion of “essential use”, and that this should be one of the first steps taken under CSS.

One of the first steps in the chemical strategy for sustainability should be to provide a balanced and clear definition of the criteria for the notion of “essential use”.


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