Answer given by Mr Tajani on behalf of the Commission
ECHA commissioned several studies in 2011 with the aim of establishing a capability to improve the assessment of the costs of reducing the use or emissions of hazardous substances. Several concrete cases were chosen for this research exercise. As the contracting parties to the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA)(1) have agreed to phase out the use of lead shot in ammunition in wetlands, this case was selected to be part of the cost study. This case (as well as the others selected) of the cost study will be placed on the ECHA website(2) in the coming weeks. In the frame of this study, industry stakeholders were contacted in order to gather information. The study itself would not lead to any restrictions on the lead shot in ammunition.
The Commission did not ask ECHA to prepare an Annex XV restriction dossier. Sweden has notified its intention to prepare a restriction dossier concerning lead and lead compounds in articles intended for consumer use and the Commission understands that it is carrying out a preliminary investigation on the issue of lead shot in ammunition.
As concerns the procedure for adopting a possible restriction(3), if ECHA (at the request of the Commission) or a Member State proposes restrictions, the restriction dossier is made public on ECHA's website and the interested parties are invited to submit comments or information on socioeconomic aspects. Following the receipt of the opinion by the ECHA's Committees for risk and socioeconomic assessment, the Commission adopts the final decision in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny.
Articles 69-73 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 (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.