In an article published on October 19, 2017 by regulatory news provider Chemical Watch, reporter Emma Davies informed that the German Environment Agency (UBA) has updated its proposal for criteria to identify persistent, mobile and toxic (PMT) chemicals to include a category for very persistent, very mobile (vPvM) chemicals. The UBA first presented the PMT classification for chemicals in the water cycle (e.g. drinking and ground water) at a workshop held in May 2017 in Berlin, Germany (FPF reported). The agency proposes to include the PMT and vPvM criteria in the identification process of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) under REACH. The European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) expert group for persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) substances is currently considering UBA’s revised PMT proposal, Davies further reported. While non-governmental organizations and EU Member States appear to be supportive of the proposal, industry has expressed concern that the PMT criteria may result in hazard-based restrictions without there being significant risk to the environment. The revised PMT criteria will be published on UBA’s website shorty, Davies noted.

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Emma Davies (October 19, 2017). “German environment agency updates criteria for ‘mobile’ chemicals in water.Chemical Watch