Comments made by stakeholder groups on ‘the draft methodology for the identification and assessment of substances for a potential restriction under RoHS 2’ have been published by Environment Agency Austria. The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) was one of these groups; it urged the agency ‘to remove a general reference that categorises all nanomaterials as “substances of highest concern”’.
According to the agency, the methodology that was consulted upon ‘shall be used in future reviews of the list of restricted substances under [the] RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) [Directive]’. NIA raised a number of issues in its comments, notably that ‘the wording implies that a dimension of 1 nm to 100 nm in at least one dimension alone…is sufficient to categorize a substance as one of “highest concern”. This assumption stands in contradiction to the reported results of other regulatory reviews and scientific studies’.
A second stakeholder meeting is set to be held by the EC on May 14 2013. A summary of comments made on the draft methodology will be discussed there. Furthermore a draft methodology manual for the identification and assessment of substances for a potential restriction under RoHS 2 will be presented.
Follow this link to read more about the comments made by the NIA on the review, and this to read all of the comments made to the agency.