The European Commission has mandated a group of experts from EU member states to lead the work to integrate certain types of polymers into the scope of REACh registration. This group (CASG-Polymers) should start its activities in June 2020 and is to advise the Commission on how to best consider the results of the recent study by Wood & PFA (Scientific and technical support for the development of criteria to identify and group polymers for registration / Evaluation under REACH and their impact assessment), not yet published to date. Advice will focus on the types of polymers to be registered, the information requirements for registration, the options to be considered in the context of an impact assessment and the need for testing on animals as a last resort only.
Cefic commented on this proposal, citing the additional key elements to be taken into account by the group: the identity and similarity of the polymers, grouping approaches and confidentiality when forming groups and sharing data.
The NGO EEB also commented on the proposal reiterating its call to include all types of polymers.