PlasticsEurope backs EU move on electronic devices

25 November 2010 13:53  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--PlasticsEurope welcomes the European Parliament’s vote on a directive to restrict hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, the trade group for European plastics producers said on Thursday.

The new version of the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) directive on electrical and electronic equipment would help to assess and reduce risks from such substances in line with the EU’s Reach directive, the group said.

Reach -  the registration, evaluation and regulation of chemicals - is the EU's chemical regulation programme.

The European Parliament’s overwhelming vote on the RoHS directive – 640 in favour, and only three against – ensured that EU law would continue to be based on scientific findings, thus strengthening the competitiveness of European industry, said Jean-Pierre De Greve, deputy executive director of PlasticsEurope.

The new RoHS directive showed that lawmakers trusted the research and development efforts of European industry, he added.

European chemicals association Cefic has also backed the new version of the directive.

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