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FEICA impact assessment on the EU polymers of low concern (PLC) definition and the definition of polymeric precursors
The fifth CARACAL Subgroup polymers meeting was held on 20 October 2021. FEICA submitted some initial comments after the CASG meeting. In this FEICA paper, we share additional figures from members on the impact of certain measures before the 6th CASG meeting.
Publication ref.: POP-EX-K12-054
Uploaded December 13, 2021
The FEICA Statutes and By-laws
The FEICA Constitution (Statutes) and by-laws were first published in Belgium on 26 October 2006. The latest modification was approved at the Extraordinary General Assembly in May 2021.
In 1972, FEICA (Fédération Européenne des Industries de Colles et Adhésifs) was formally founded at the first General Assembly in Rome. Since then, FEICA has continued to grow and expand its areas of interest. Although for many years a federation of national adhesive and sealants associations, in 2007 FEICA expanded the membership structure to include direct company members (DCMs) and associate company members (ACMs).
In April 2020, the FEICA secretariat and office was relocated near the premises of the European Chemical Council (CEFIC) in Brussels. This enables FEICA to be even more closely involved with the European Commission and other EU institutions, to build relationships with the chemical producer- and other chemical user associations, and advance the interests of the adhesive and sealant industry in general. FEICA will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary next year, in 2022.
Publication ref.: FMI-EX-K09-049
Terminology and definitions to be used in the context of adhesives in the recycling of packaging.pdfUploaded December 03, 2021
Updated terminology and definitions of adhesives in the recycling of packaging
At the beginning of 2021, FEICA published a guide to align stakeholders on terminology and definitions to use for adhesives in plastic packaging recycling. This document has now been updated to include paper packaging also.
Several different stakeholders publish guidelines on recycling, including requirements for adhesives in recycling. Divergent terminology is used in these guidance papers, and this terminology also often differs from what is used in the adhesives industry and by users of adhesives.
In order to assist stakeholders in furthering a common understanding of adhesives and the requirements that are important for adhesives in recycling, FEICA has published this paper ‘Terminology and definitions to be used in the context of adhesives in the recycling of packaging’.
A common language and technically sound definitions will help to ensure a better understanding amongst stakeholders and an easier exchange of expertise.
Publication ref.: POP-EX-K11-064
Uploaded November 29, 2021
Adhesives under the scope of the EU Single-Use Plastic Directive (EU) 2019/904
Because the Single Use Plastics (SUP) Directive is a directive (rather than a regulation), EU member states were required to transpose the directive into national law. In this process, the questions arose whether adhesives, which are typically polymers, should be considered a ‘plastic’ and whether the application of adhesives to an otherwise non-plastic product will convert that product into a plastic one.
The EU Commission published guidelines on the SUP Directive. With the publication of these guidelines, the status of adhesives can now be answered directly from the source texts. Thus the guidelines clarify further that adhesives are excluded from the scope of the Directive and not considered to fall under the definition of plastic.
This FEICA publication assists the industry stakeholders in communication with customers and helps them to answer questions.
Publication ref.: POP-EX-K09-046
Joint Statement on the 2nd meeting of the High-Level roundtable on enforcement of EU Chemical Legislation.pdfUploaded November 25, 2021
Enforcement of EU chemicals safety and environmental legislation will play a central role in implementing the European Green Deal agenda and the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS). This statement emphasises that no matter how ambitious the legislation is on paper, it will never fulfil the level of protection of consumers and workers it has set out to offer, if not properly enforced.
Publication ref.: COS-EX-K11-066
Uploaded November 17, 2021
Defining a system for the notification of polymers
The European Commission is working to extend registration requirements for polymers, currently exempted from registration under EU REACH. The Commission is considering requesting industry to notify of certain polymers’ information. This FEICA leaflet explains why the notification of polymers should be limited to a concise dataset and analytical or test data should not be required at the notification stage.
Publication ref.: FMI-EX-K10-052
Uploaded November 15, 2021
FEICA response after the 5th CARACAL Polymers meeting
The European Commission is working on a proposal to extend registration requirements to polymers (currently exempted) under REACH. The FEICA polymers task force is very active on the topic, being represented in the CARACAL polymers subgroup (CASG polymers) with two seats.
This paper includes FEICA’s comments from the 5th CASG polymers meeting which was held on 20 October 2021. It discusses the polyesters exemption, the definition of polymers of low concern, the polymeric precursors exemption, the grouping of polymers and the notification of polymers.
Publication ref.: POP-EX-K11-062
Uploaded November 15, 2021
Uploaded November 10, 2021
Polymeric Precursors Exemption
Within the context of the registration of polymers, a potential exemption for polymeric precursors is under consideration. The European Commission is proposing an exemption for polymeric precursors handled like intermediates under REACH. Given the importance for the adhesive and sealant industry, FEICA published a presentation explaining the difference between polymeric precursors and intermediates, and the benefits of a full exemption for polymeric precursors.
You can view the presentation here.
Publication ref.: FMI-EX-K11-061