Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/217 of 16 February 2016 amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards cadmium (Text with EEA relevance)

Published date17 February 2016
Official Gazette PublicationOfficial Journal of the European Union, L 40, 17 February 2016
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17.2.2016 EN Official Journal of the European Union L 40/5

COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2016/217

of 16 February 2016

amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards cadmium

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), establishing a European Chemicals Agency, amending Directive 1999/45/EC and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 793/93 and Commission Regulation (EC) No 1488/94 as well as Council Directive 76/769/EEC and Commission Directives 91/155/EEC, 93/67/EEC, 93/105/EC and 2000/21/EC (1), and in particular Article 68(1) thereof,

Whereas:

(1) Entry 23 of Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 prohibits the use of cadmium and cadmium compounds in paints with codes [3208] [3209], with a derogation for zinc-based paints. However, this restriction does not apply to the placing on the market of paints containing cadmium.
(2) In November 2012, the Commission requested the European Chemical Agency (‘the Agency’) to prepare an Annex XV dossier with a view to extending the existing restriction to the placing on the market of such paints containing cadmium over a certain concentration.
(3) On 9 September 2014, the Agency's Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) adopted by consensus an opinion concluding that such modification of the existing entry would facilitate enforcement and confirming that no additional assessment of the risks presented by cadmium in paints is necessary.
(4) On 25 November 2014, the Agency's Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted by consensus an opinion indicating that the proposed amendment of the existing restriction is proportionate as it would not impose additional compliance costs on manufacturers, importers or consumers, but would improve the enforceability of the restriction.
(5) It is easier for enforcement authorities to monitor and control placing on the market than use. Moreover the introduction of a concentration limit clarifies that the unintended
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