The European Parliament votes against authorisation
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The European Parliament votes against authorisation

Last week, the European Parliament Environment Committee voted in favour of a resolution against the draft decision from the EU Commission to grant an authorisation for using sodium dichromate, which is classified as cancerogenic, mutagenic and toxic for reproduction.

The application for authorisation was submitted by the Italian company Ilario Ormezzano Sai with the intention of continuing to use this chemical for dyeing of wool.

Today, the European Parliament voted on the matter in plenary, and a great majority voted in favour of a resolution – in other words, against granting an authorisation.

We now call on the Commission
to reject this application for authorisation”

We are very happy to see this resolution being adopted by the European Parliament. We now call on the Commission to reject this application for authorisation, and on all Member States to vote for a rejection in the upcoming REACH Committee meeting”, says Frida Hök, Senior Policy Advisor at ChemSec, and continues:

“To grant this authorisation would be a violation of the REACH regulation, because the majority of wool houses in the EU already use safer alternatives to this hazardous substance. Itwould be to favour the laggards and disfavour the frontrunners, and keep SVHCs on the market instead of phasing them out – which is the total opposite of what REACH is all about”, Frida Hök concludes.

The next step will be for the REACH Committee to discuss and possibly vote on the case at their next meeting in early December.