Answer given by Mr Tajani on behalf of the Commission
1. Chromium trioxide and chromic acid have been identified in accordance with the procedure set out in Article 59(3) to (10) of REACH(1) as substances of very high concern (SVHC) and in December 2010 included in so called Candidate list of substances for eventual inclusion in Annex XIV. In December 2011, these two substances have been recommended by ECHA, together with eleven other SVHCs, for inclusion in Annex XIV to REACH. The Commission may propose an amendment of Annex XIV with a view of including the recommended substances in this Annex, following the regulatory procedure with scrutiny.
2. According to Article 59(4) of REACH, ECHA has to publish on its website a notice that an Annex XV dossier has been prepared, and invite all interested parties to submit comments. Since the beginning of the public consultation, the annex XV reports for these two substances, in the form as submitted by the German authority for REACH, were made available on the website of ECHA(2). Most references and studies quoted in this report are accessible using links indicated therein.
3. ECHA has confirmed that all information available for the evaluation of the two substances with regard to their SVHC properties as well as ECHA’s recommendation to include them in Annex XIV are on ECHA’s website; while confidential information, e.g. on volumes placed on the market or technical details on uses, has not been disclosed, this was not relevant for assessing the SVHC properties or the appropriateness of ECHA's recommendation for inclusion.
4. The Commission is not aware of any additional information retained by the German Government in the context of the annex XV dossiers for these substances. The Commission would ask the Honourable Member to provide more details.
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 (OJ L 396, 30.12.2006, p.1).