ECHA publishes SEAC opinion on microplastics restriction

The Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) of the European Chemicals agency (ECHA) has joined in the discussions about the use of microplastic particles as infill in synthetic turf. ECHA also published the final opinion by the Risk Assessment Committee (RAC).

RAC recommends a ban on the sale of polymeric infills, to be implemented after a six year transitional period. SEAC concludes that based on the available cost and benefit information and SEAC’s analysis of that information, a clear advice on which ban or derogation scenario should be preferred is not possible.

Interested parties are invited to submit comments on the draft opinion by 1 September 2020.

The final opinions by RAC and SEAC will be used by the European Commission in their discussions directly with the Member States, the European Council and the European Parliament. 

The opinions are available at the ECHA website:

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