Clean tap water for all EU citizens – ECHA’s work on new directive begins


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 ECHA will support the European Commission to develop EU-wide positive lists of chemicals, compositions or constituents that can be safely used to produce materials that come into contact with drinking water between the water source and the tap.

The first lists will be based on existing national lists and are expected to cover around 1 500 chemicals for different types of materials. The European Commission will adopt them by 2025. After the adoption, all entries in the lists will be reviewed within 15 years. The Agency will prioritise substances for review based on their hazardous properties and the relevance of their risk assessments. It will also recommend expiry dates for them.

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