FEICA papers

  • Manufacturers of low-volume customised polymers at the end of the supply chain.pdf

    Uploaded September 15, 2020

    FEICA publishes Position Paper on manufacturers of low-volume customised polymers at the end of the supply chain

    Formulators at the end of supply chains such as adhesives and sealants manufacturers often customise polymers, which results in new polymer species. Thus, those formulators, which are currently downstream users (DUs) under REACH legislation, may become potential polymer registrants in future if the new polymer would be subject to the obligation of registration. Such customisation is required in order to fulfil technical feasibility and customer requirements as well as regulatory needs. 


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  • Polymers in the scope of PRR examples.pdf

    Uploaded September 15, 2020

    Polymers in the scope of PRR examples

    Check the Polymers in the scope of PRR examples presentation and find practical examples that illustrate why customising polymers may result in a huge number of new polymers to be potentially registered.


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  • Facts and Figures 2020.pdf

    Uploaded September 09, 2020

    The European Adhesive and Sealant Industry Facts & Figures 2020

    The global market for adhesives and sealants reached a value of 50 billion euros in 2020, with Europe holding a share of almost 35%. Our specialty chemical sector, which represents about 2% of the total European chemical industry's turnover, contributes more than 17 billion euros to the EU economy and employs more than 45,000 people.

    #association #reports

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  • FEICA position on the review of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).pdf

    Uploaded August 31, 2020

    FEICA position on the review of the Construction Products Regulation (EU) No. 305/2011

    The implementation of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) is currently through CEN standardisation and the resulting harmonised product standards. Existing harmonised standards must be regularly revised, and new harmonised standards must be created to fill in remaining gaps and ensure adaptation to technical and regulatory progress. Unfortunately, and due to formal reasons (e.g. ECJ judgement C-613/14 James Elliot) the harmonised standardisation process for construction products is currently at a standstill. This situation threatens the internal market and if it is not resolved in a timely manner it could result in major financial losses in the supply chains of the construction sector. Therefore, and whilst awaiting the results from a possible review of the CPR, the European Commission has to ensure the continuous working of the standardisation process to safeguard the smooth functioning of the European single market. FEICA reiterates its position in this paper.


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  • A safe future for polyurethane products 2020.pdf

    Uploaded August 17, 2020

    A new restriction on diisocyanates requires professional and industrial users to be trained and certified

    On 4 August 2020, a new restriction on diisocyanates was adopted by the European authorities under REACH. It targets respiratory and dermal sensitisation potentially caused by diisocyanates. All professional and industrial users of products with a total monomeric diisocyanate concentration of > 0.1% will need to be trained and certified by 24 August 2023 in how to handle products containing diisocyanates safely. 

    FEICA, in coordination with ISOPA and ALIPA, the diisocyanate manufacturers’ industry associations, is preparing training material for use by its members and by adhesive or sealant users. We expect it to become available as of February 2022, early enough for all users of PU products to be trained and certified by 24 August 2023.  In addition, the legal requirements should appear on packaging as of 24 February 2022.

    The FEICA Technical Working Group PU Restriction created an updated leaflet explaining what the restriction means exactly, how the required training is developing and what the implementation of the timeline is exactly.

    #diisocyanates #REACH

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  • FEICA comments on the Wood/PFA report regarding Polymers Requiring Registration.pdf

    Uploaded August 13, 2020

    FEICA’s comments on the Wood/PFA report regarding Polymers Requiring Registration

    Adhesives and sealants are an essential component of innovative products, enabling many sustainable solutions. FEICA supports the efforts of the European Commission to develop a comprehensive regulatory framework for the registration of polymers under the REACH Regulation that will help to protect human health and the environment, without losing the competitiveness and innovativeness of the European industry.

    Registration of polymers should be foreseen only when a risk to human health and the environment has been proven. FEICA therefore suggests the development of risk-based mechanisms to assess exposure of both human beings and the environment.

    Criteria to define polymers requiring registration should be clear, scientifically sound and globally harmonised. Exemptions and reduced registration requirements, in applicable cases, should be considered by the legislator. FEICA and its members have shared their comments to the Wood/PFA with the European Commission.


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  • FEICA publishes Position Paper on biodegradability and compostability of packaging adhesives.pdf

    Uploaded August 12, 2020

    Position Paper on biodegradability and compostability of packaging adhesives

    One of the focus areas of the 2015 EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy is plastics. Following the growing awareness of the packaging supply chain, the types of plastic packaging marketed as ‘biodegradable’ or ‘(home) compostable’ has increased significantly and adhesives producing companies receive more and more customer requests regarding the biodegradability and compostability of their products.

    The adhesives industry is committed to positively contributing to the transition towards a circular economy and is making considerable efforts to work with its supply chain to better understand and mitigate the possible impact of adhesives on recycling of plastics packaging. 


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  • FEICA recommendation to adhesive suppliers and users on Assessment of PAAs in polyurethane adhesives intended to be used in food packaging.pdf

    Uploaded July 27, 2020

    FEICA recommendation on PAA in polyurethane adhesives for FC applications

    For many decades, reactive polyurethane adhesives have been used globally to manufacture flexible packaging in a safe and cost-effective way. Applying good manufacturing practice is key to achieving compliance with the demanding migration limits defined by food packaging regulations and preventing contamination of food through the migration of adhesive components which are not fully cured.

    Special attention has to be paid to laminates containing aromatic diisocyanate monomers which are not fully cured in the PU adhesive layer. If laminates with insufficient cure time come into contact with food too early, migration of such aromatic diisocyanate monomers through the film separating the adhesive from the food can occur and primary aromatic amines (PAA) will be formed. Therefore, the adhesive user has to be made aware how to test for compliance with the limits for PAA as part of good manufacturing practice.


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  • FEICA’s input to the European Commission plan to initiate a Renovation Wave.pdf

    Uploaded July 10, 2020

    FEICA’s input to the European Commission plan to initiate a Renovation Wave

    This paper highlights the key role our industry plays in delivering materials, products and technologies which ensure important aspects of circularity and sustainable development in the construction value chain. The “European Green Deal”, which aims to shape the EU economy for a sustainable future, was launched in December 2019 and gives due consideration to climate, green energy and industry-supported circularity. One particular focus of the European Green Deal is on the building sector and the planned Renovation Wave.

    #construction #energysavings

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  • Adhesives & sealants, enablers of the EU Green Deal.pdf

    Uploaded April 22, 2020

    Adhesives and sealants, enablers of the EU Green Deal

    Day by day, the adhesive and sealant industry is developing technologies to support a growing world population to live a better life and to use the planet’s resources responsibly and efficiently. Check out the latest FEICA publication on how our industry supports the EU Green Deal.


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