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British Coatings Federation leads delegation to Brussels

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

A delegation pressed the European Commission officials to reconsider whether authorisation was the most suitable route for several substances currently on the candidate list.

Tom Bowtell, Jack Straw, Daniel Sleat, Stephen Quinn and Dr Michelle Ledward meet with the Environment, and Enterprise & Industry Directorate-Generals, to the European Commission in Brussels. Source: BCF
Tom Bowtell, Jack Straw, Daniel Sleat, Stephen Quinn and Dr Michelle Ledward meet with the Environment, and Enterprise & Industry Directorate-G...

Tom Bowtell accompanied The RT Hon Jack Straw MP and his researcher Daniel Sleat together with Stephen Quinn from West & Senior (WSL) and Dr Michelle Ledward from Graham & Brown to meet with the Environment, and Enterprise & Industry Directorate-Generals, to the European Commission in Brussels.

More attention to socio-economics

The delegation pressed the European Commission officials to reconsider whether authorisation was the most suitable route for several substances currently on the candidate list and asked them to pay more attention to the socio-economic and risk management options arguments up front, rather than as part of the Authorisation process. This is something that the British Coatings Federation (BCF) and other associations have been lobbying for.

Jack Straw made the case for keeping the chemical azodicarbonamide (ADCA) off the Authorisation List under REACH, given the more suitable (and equally safe) alternative of having an Occupational Exposure Limit (OEL) which is currently the case in the UK but not in the rest of Europe. Whilst no guarantees were made, we believe that our views were understood and that the OEL route would achieve the same objective as Authorisation under REACH but without the significant costs and uncertainties to industry.

Avoiding authorisation

Commenting on the trip, BCF’s CEO Tom Bowtell said "Jack Straw did a fantastic job articulating our position, and we have a renewed confidence that we will find an alternative solution to avoid authorisation under REACH for ADCA. Whilst Jack Straw will help us get the UK government on side there is still some work to be done to convince the authorities, especially in France and Germany, to push for a similar solution. I would like to thank both Jack Straw and Daniel Sleat for their fantastic support, both for the BCF and Graham & Brown, who are one of the most important companies in Jack Straw’s constituency.”

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