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Parliamentary questions
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11 June 2019
Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001629/2019

The report mentioned by the Honourable Member constitutes an investigation report from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on the use of lead in gunshot in the terrestrial environment, in other ammunition and in fishing sinkers, with a view to considering possible future regulatory action. It is a preliminary assessment of the information available at the time of writing and it is not an Annex XV dossier requested by the Commission(1), which would be the first formal step in preparing a possible restriction.

The report indicates that there is sufficient evidence to justify further measures on the use of lead in fishing weights and in ammunition (gunshot and bullets) used in the terrestrial environment. In case the Commission decided to initiate the restriction process for these uses under the regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), it would request ECHA to prepare an Annex XV dossier, including a more in-depth assessment of the socioeconomic impacts of any proposed restriction. An Annex XV dossier would subsequently be assessed by the relevant ECHA Committees, in the context of the process to develop an opinion on a possible restriction under REACH. This assessment involves the Risk Assessment Committee and the Socio-Economic Analysis Committee of ECHA, both composed of experts. The dossier and the draft opinion are also submitted to public consultations. No decision on this matter has been taken yet.

The Commission would appreciate receiving further details on the shortcomings detected in ECHA’s investigation report and on the experts who have raised them, so these concerns could be suitably followed-up, if an Annex XV dossier would be requested from ECHA.

(1)Cf Article 69(1) of 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.

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