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Parliamentary questions
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28 July 2016
Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-003827/2016

Several chromium (VI) compounds are identified as substances of very high concern (SVHC) under the REACH Regulation(1) due to their carcinogenic, mutagenic and/or reprotoxic properties and are included in the list of substances subject to authorisation (Annex XIV to REACH). In order to be able to continue using them, manufacturers, importers and downstream users will need to obtain an authorisation.

As part of the Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme initiative, the Commission will streamline and simplify the authorisation application procedure under REACH in order to increase the predictability of the process for companies and reduce the administrative burden.

The review period for each authorisation is set on a case by case basis, taking into account all relevant information including the risks arising from the use of the substance, the socioeconomic analysis and the analysis of the alternatives submitted in the application dossier as assessed by the scientific committees of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Hydrazine was identified as SVHC in 2011, due to its carcinogenic properties, and included in the ‘candidate list’. To date it has not been recommended by ECHA for inclusion in Annex XIV.

As long as hydrazine is not included in Annex XIV to the REACH Regulation, the authorisation requirement does not apply to that substance. Therefore, questions about the applicability of specific exemptions to certain space-related uses are of limited practical relevance. The Commission will respond to the issues raised by the European Space Industry, as soon as an agreed interpretation of the relevant provisions of REACH has been reached among the Commission and the Member States.

(1)Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18.12.2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals.

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