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IVK – German Adhesives Association: EU Council decides not to nominate Silicone base-material D4 under the Stockholm Convention

EU Commission intended to classify octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) as a Persistent Organic Pollutant (POP) according to the Stockholm Convention, which would have resulted in a ban on D4. D4 is an essential raw material for the production of silicones, and thus, a key raw material for the production of silicone-based adhesives and sealants. Co-ordinated by FEICA, European and national authorities have been specifically addressed and urged to vote against the EU Commission proposal to list D4 as a POP under the Stockholm Convention. In Germany, IVK has contacted all relevant ministries and related agencies, accordingly. This European initiative was a complete success! At its meeting on April 12, 2017 the European Council voted against the proposal of the EU Commission to submit D4 as a POP under the Stockholm Convention. Thus, a general ban on D4 is no longer possible! As demanded by the industry, a procedure under REACH will now specifically examine for which applications D4 should be excluded, focusing on rinse-off-applications where D4-particles could enter wastewater – e.g. cosmetics, body care products, cleaning agents, waxes, polishes, etc. ( Most obviously there is no further need for a specific regulation regarding adhesives & sealants based on silicones; but we will continue to closely observe this issue.

Posted on 4/20/2017 10:27:41 AM

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