With increasing re-classification of substances under EU chemicals legislation, such as the regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), this hazard-based approach could have negative impacts on printing processes in the short term. Continuing their ongoing commitment to providing clear guidance to their members and to promoting the highest possible safety standards, EuPIA has now issued a new Exclusion Policy (downloadable from www.eupia.org), which preserves the clarity of the List, whilst also taking into account chemicals’ intended uses and exposure scenarios. This enables impacts on the downstream supply chain to be mitigated where immediate substitution is not an option, but where safety in use can be adequately demonstrated.
The Exclusion Policy is a pre-emptive step by EuPIA in advance of official controls on hazardous chemicals under REACH, and it clearly demonstrates the self-regulatory nature of the industry in its desire to achieve the highest possible standards of health and safety for its members and their downstream partners. The requirements of the Policy are regularly reviewed by the EuPIA Technical Committee.