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Parliamentary questions
13 December 2013
E-010830/2013
Answer given by Mr Potočnik on behalf of the Commission

Digestates originating from the production of biogas are considered generated waste and therefore fall within the scope of the waste legislation. Digestates are, consequently, exempt from the obligations set out in Article 6 of REACH; notably that of registration. This results from a combination of Articles Art 2(2) and 3 of the REACH Regulation(1). Article 3 contains the definition of the substances, mixtures and articles that fall within the scope of the regulation. Article 2 (2) lists the substances to which the REACH Regulation does not apply. It states that ‘Waste as defined in Directive 2006/12/EC of the European Parliament and the Council is not a substance, mixture or article within the meaning of Article 3 of this regulation’.

The Joint Research Centre is currently working on End-of-Waste Criteria for Biodegradable Waste Subject to Biological Treatment, and this includes digestate. This preparatory work may lead in future to a specific regulation defining the circumstances under which digestate would cease to be waste and would be considered a substance falling under the scope of REACH.

(1)Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and the Council concerning Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), OJ L 396, p. 1.

OJ C 206, 02/07/2014
Letzte Aktualisierung: 19. Dezember 2013Rechtlicher Hinweis