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EU | Proposed restriction on Creosote and related substances commonly used for wood preservation | End of SEAC opinion consultation: November 7, 2023

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) plays a pivotal role in ensuring the safe and responsible use of chemicals within the European Union. One of the mechanisms employed by ECHA to achieve this objective is the implementation of restrictions on certain hazardous substances. The current focus of attention is the proposal to restrict Creosote and Creosote-Related Substances, a chemical compound commonly used for wood preservation.

The Rationale for Restriction

Creosote is widely used for wood treatment due to its preservative properties. However, concerns about the environmental and health risks associated with its use have prompted the European Union to examine whether restrictions are necessary. The aim is to protect both human health and the environment from potential harm posed by Creosote and related substances.

The Consultation Process and Draft Opinion from Scientific Committees

In addition to the consultation on the Annex XV Report, which ended on the 22nd of June 2023, a draft opinion on the restriction proposal has been developed by the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and the Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC). This draft opinion provides a scientific assessment of the proposed restriction and its potential impacts.

The consultation on the SEAC draft opinion regarding Creosote and Creosote-Related Substances is ongoing, with the following key dates:

- Start of Consultation on SEAC Draft Opinion: September 8, 2023

- End of Consultation on SEAC Draft Opinion: November 7, 2023

Link to the Restrictions Considered


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