ZeroPM Regulatory Watch Update September 2023

Our monthly update on the roll out of the EU’s Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability as it relates to persistent and mobile substances.

We are a bit late this month, as not much happend in August. Expect a big update in October as September was quite a busy month!

ECHA to start reviewing substances of concern in batteries in 2024

Regulation (EU) 2023/1542 on batteries and waste batteries, adopted in July 2023, entered into force on 17 August 2023. The new regulation requires the Commission, supported by ECHA, to publish a report by the end of 2027 on substances of concern (defined as ‘having an adverse effect on human health or the environment or hampering recycling for safe and high quality secondary raw materials’) present in batteries or used in their manufacture. Based on the findings of this report, the Commission may propose to restrict new substances under the Regulation if ‘an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment […] that is not adequately controlled and needs to be addressed on a Union-wide basis’ is identified at any stage of the battery’s life cycle. In a statement published on 17 August, ECHA indicated that they will start working on the report in 2024.

Upcoming consultation deadlines:

  • Deadline to provide feedback on the PFAS restriction: 25 September 2023
  • Deadline to provide feedback on the revision of the general pharmaceutical legislation: 31 October 2023.
  • Deadline to provide feedback on the proposal for a Directive on Soil Monitoring and Resilience (Soil Monitoring Law): 31 October 2023.
  • Deadline to provide feedback on the proposal for a Regulation on the safety of toys: 31 October 2023.

Gantt Chart and Detailed Spreadsheet and more info of upcoming actions related to persistent and mobile substances

For more information of regulations under the regulatory watch, as well as a Gantt Chart of the roll out, continuously updated spreadsheet and more information, please visit