EU legislator confirms REACH delays

EU legislator confirms REACH delays

EU legislator confirms REACH delays 1024 995 Batteries International

February 22, 2024: A European MEP has confirmed that a decision on further plans for advancing a ban on lead usage in the REACH proposals will be shelved until the end of 2024.

German Christian Democrat European Parliament member Peter Liese (pictured), speaking at the launch of EUROBAT’s manifesto in Brussels on February 20, said that plans for lead metal to be added to an expanded European chemicals authorization register will be shelved until late this year at the earliest.

There is speculation that until the agenda of the new European Parliament is known and the formation of the new Commission that this could well extend further.

The composition of the next European Parliament will almost certainly reflect the general drift to the right in European politics over the past couple of years. Typically right-wing politicians are less concerned about environmental issues than those on the other side of the political spectrum.

Battery industry leaders had been in talks with European Commission officials since the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) revealed its proposals in April 2023.

ECHA had suggested adding lead and seven other substances to its REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) list — indicating that the substance would eventually be substituted and could only be used in the meantime with specific permission from the Commission.

Informed sources had already told Batteries International on the sidelines of the ILA’s Pb 2023 conference in Athens in June that, privately, Commission chiefs had indicated “there was no appetite for the move” — for the time being — not least because it would trigger a huge administrative burden as thousands of applications would flood in and risk clogging up the regulatory process.