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CEPE Regulatory Quarterly update
The next “CEPE Regulatory Quarterly update” meeting will take place on Friday 08 July 2022.
This meeting will provide you with the latest developments on all the EU political and regulatory developments as well as the priorities of CEPE. You will be updated on topics linked to REACH, CLP, Biocides and the EU Green Deal. All members involved in CEPE groups are encouraged to join.
The webinar is planned from 10.00 to 12.30 CET. Its intention is to provide members with a state of play of the most relevant issues for the membership while remaining within a reasonable time limit. As we expect to attract many members, questions will only be allowed through the Teams’ Chat.
We look forward to seeing you on Friday 8 July 2022.
The microplastic TF examined and drafted a contribution to the European Commission consultation on microplastics which has a dedicated part on paints. In addition, the group received an update on a pending French decree regarding microplastics. The review of the EA study is almost complete and was shared with the European Commission.
The new Exclusion Policy Scope Working Group (EPS WG) met over Teams to discuss the draft annex document, defining ‘related products’ as either in or out of scope. Generally, there was good consensus on the specific categories raised, although some issues needed more detailed discussion. A further meeting is planned to finalise this annex before recommending this to the EuPIA Technical Committee and EuPIA Council for formal approval and adoption.
The GDTF Subgroup on Circular Economy met for the first time. The remits of the group were agreed and there was agreement that more companies should join the group. The group discussed extensively the recently published proposal for an Eco-design for a Sustainable Product Regulation (ESPR) and the response of CEPE to the public consultation and the possible advocacy activities. Members were also given a brief overview of the other proposals published together with the ESPR, namely the proposal for a directive on empowering consumers for the green transition and the construction products regulation.
The Safety, Health & Environment Advisory Board (SHEAB) group had extensive discussions on the newly published proposal on the Eco-design for Sustainable Product Regulation (ESPR). The group also expressed full support in big data exercise and asked for a trial on one or two substances. The group also stressed the importance for CEPE to conduct more communication activities around the theme of what would the world look like without paint.
Green Deal Task Force - CSS
The Green Deal CSS group discussed the outcome of the Mixture Assessment Factor (MAF) workshop and the coming KPI one. The group also started to fill in the new questionnaire on Generic Approach to Risk Management (GRA) and REACH revision, which is a very difficult one. Further work and discussions will take place on this in the coming weeks within CEPE and with other associations. The group was also informed of the last sub-group discussions on big data and on the new forming group on Circular Economy.
The CEPE Can SG discussed the status of all the European Commission activities and how best the group can be organized to contribute to the discussions, including for the future food contact legislation.
Green Deal Task Force - Extended Producers responsibilities
The GDTF Subgroup EPR identified paint-related EPR schemes and collected more data on paint waste in different member states. Further, there was agreement that an industry-led scheme is preferred over a government-imposed scheme, for which more information will be gathered.
Sales of printing inks in Europe in Q1 2022 were up 1.7% compared to the same quarter a year ago. While the growth is welcome, a stronger recovery in this latest quarter might have been expected given the weak outcomes a year ago. Sales in the first 12 months of the pandemic were 10.5% lower than in the 12 months ending Q1 2020. In the second 12 months of the pandemic, from Q2 2021 to Q1 2022, sales improved just 5.6%. Consistent growth in Spain, Italy, France and several other markets was undermined by the weak performance of packaging inks in the UK and in particular Germany. While packaging ink sales continued to grow, the rate of increase slowed somewhat. Sales of publication inks decreased, althogh there has not yet been a return to the double-digit declines seen before and during the pandemic. The full effect of the situation in Ukraine is expected to be seen from Q2 or more likely Q3 2022, although there appears to have already been consequences for sales in Ukraine at the end of Q1 2022.
Deco Technical committee
The CEPE Deco TC discussed a few topics from the Quarterly Regulatory update with focus on Polymers Requiring Registration and the impact on Deco. The group got an update on ecolabel, PEF and microplastic. The group gave a couple of topics to be discussed in the Deco SG next week: voluntary action to minimize the emission of paints to the environment and long-term discussions with the suppliers in EPDLA.
EuPIA Technical Committee Printing Inks for Food Packaging
The EuPIA Technical Committee Printing Inks for Food Packaging’ (PIFOOD) held a call instead of its spring physical meeting on May 10th and 11th 2022 and • Reviewed the developments concerning food contact material legislation in the EU and the activities of the Packaging Joint Industry Task Force (PIJTF) and the Cross Sector Group • Discussed the next revision of the Swiss Ordinance and the activities of the Swiss association • Discussed the strategy concerning the German Ink Ordinance and the activities of VdL • Collected topics for the next call of the EuPIA NIAS Risk Assessment Task Force • Received an update on the work of Analytical Experts Working Group on the project on accelerated migration, nitrosamine testing and the quantification of oligomeric substances • Received a report on the Work of the Energy Curing Working Group • Discussed the current status of the review of the EuPIA Good Manufacturing Practices • Reviewed the new French decree on mineral oils in inks
The EuPIA Energy Curing Working Group held their Spring meeting, where they reviewed and discussed, amongst other topics • The German and the Swiss Ink Ordinance • Developments on material hazard classifications • The Nestlé Packaging guidance document issued in April • The EuPIA PI Suitability List • Supply Chain and Safe Use communication
During their annual meeting, members were updated on the main regulatory issues of interest to the group, namely TiO2, toys safety directive, microplastics and the different national packaging and labelling initiatives. Members also agreed to look into the possibility of repeating the study on consumers and resellers conducted in 2018. Finally, Ronald Benning from Royal Talens stepped down as Chairman. The new Chairman is Michael Crane from Cranfield.
The PEF TS gathered to discuss the status updates and insights to evaluate the performance classes evaluation. New developments can be foreseen to include missing product categories under the PEF framework. Now that the PEF TS is waiting for the approval of the EF 3.0 datasets, the next step is to finalize the performance classes and re-evaluate the validation of the outdoor wood category through a technical working group.
Big Data Working Group
The Big Data Working Group (sub-group of the CSS sub-group) met for their fourth meeting. The various documents supporting the project are nearing completion and approval for sharing with the CSS and Green Deal TF. Comments from the SHEAB meeting were incorporated into the Big Data Table, and the agreed next step was to run the exercise for 3-4 test substances. The working groups are on course to present the project to the Board for discussion at the end of June.
The Deco Sector Group discussed extensively the issue of microplastics and asked CEPE to investigate into the possibility of putting forward a proposal to phase out the less durable paints for external walls based on PEF measurement. The group was informed about the newly published proposal for eco-design for sustainable product regulation which is discussed in the newly established Green Deal sub group on circular economy. Members were also invited to join this subgroup. They were updated on the other policy issues namely PEF, eco-label and Jaitske Feenstra provided an overview of the activities of the EPR sub-group. Finally the Chairman updated members on the voluntary initiatives previously identified by the SG.
The CSS subgroup discussed the latest workshops on “KPI” and “use and exposure”, a meeting between DUCC and DG Grow, Big Data, as well as a committee meeting of the European Parliament on the CSS. The group discussed in depth a proposal for a workable GRA. The group further reviewed a questionnaire for the REACH revision and discussed engagement with the European Commissions consultant (VVA). Finally, information was shared about an upcoming One Substance One Assessment (OSOA) workshop.
The Powder Sector Group covered a broad range of regulatory topics during their May 2022 meeting, held at the headquarters of Jotun in Norway. Key discussions took place on supply chain communication, BPA, TiO2, PFAS and microplastics. The group decided to embark on a new image-boosting campaign and will set up a small WG to prepare some ideas for this prior to the next meeting in November.
Exposure Scenario and Risk Assessment Group (ESRAG) met online for their second meeting of 2022, where there were in-depth discussions on the proposed realignment and vision for the group, the two SpERCs projects currently underway, tier 2 substance risk assessment and the recent VdL survey on emissions from manufacturing facilities. Other topics covered included microplastics, supply chain communication and the risk assessment on xylene for consumer uses. The group wished Andy Boon well for his upcoming retirement.
A meeting of EuPIA’s Operational Safety & Risk Assessment (OSRA) Working Group took place on 31st May 2022, once again as a webconference. The main points discussed were the completion of a Safety Alert on Fork-Lift Trucks, the possibility of translating the Safety Alerts, concerns over sack liners, and the plans to prepare new guidelines, including a focus on aluminium paste and powder handling, and use. The group continues to grow, with new members providing additional expertise, connections to other groups and information.
TSC-32 group on cyclo-di-badge
The TSC-32 group on cyclo-di-badge (a Non Intentionally Added Substance (NIAS) in can coatings for metal packaging) re-convened to agree on actions and deadlines for the scientific publication. This publication will not help the survival of BPA based epoxy coatings in Europe but will help future discussions on NIAS and therefore still brings high value. The group agreed to have another call early September to discuss the publication draft.
The sub group discussed the draft position paper and executive summary input that will be used as CEPE response to the public consultation on the published proposal for an eco-design for a sustainable product regulation (ESPR). Members further discussed the course the ESPR might take, and the advocacy proposal.