ZeroPM Regulatory Watch Update April 2024

CoRAP update lists one suspected PMT/vPvM for substance evaluation in 2024

The Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) update for the years 2024-2026 lists 28 substances suspected of posing a risk to human health or the environment to be evaluated by Member State Competent Authorities under the substance evaluation process of the REACH Regulation. The update from March 2024 added 11 new substances, including 2,4,6-tribromophenol (CAS no. 118-79-6), a suspected PMT/vPvM, which will be evaluated in 2024.

European Parliament votes for prohibition of PMT/vPvM and PFAS in toys

The European Parliament adopted on 13 March its position on the proposal for a regulation on the safety of toys. It includes amendments proposed by the ENVI Committee in January and extends the list of generic prohibitions in toys – which, in the Commission proposal, covers CMR 1A, 1B or 2, endocrine disruptors category 1 or 2, specific target organ toxicity category 1 (single and repeated exposure) and respiratory sensitisers category 1 – to SVHCs, PBT, vPvB, PMT, vPvM, and skin sensitizers category 1. The Parliament further proposes to prohibit the use of PFAS and bisphenols in toys, components of toys or micro-structurally distinct parts of toys.

Commission drops opposition to provisional agreement on Packaging and packaging waste Regulation

Follow up from last month’s regulatory watch – The provisional agreement on Packaging and packaging waste Regulation was formally endorsed by the European Parliament on 19 March. Following small revisions made to the agreement, the Commission indicated that they would not oppose the adoption of the text, according to ENDS Europe. The agreement introduces a restriction on the placing on the market of food contact packaging containing PFAS.

Update on the transposition of the Drinking Water Directive

In addition to transposing the Sum of 20 PFAS and Total PFAS parameters from the Drinking Water Directive, the Brussels Capital Region has adopted a parametric value for the Sum of 4 PFAS (PFOA, PFNA, PFHxS, PFOS) of 4 ng/l. As in Flanders, which has adopted a similar parametric value in 2023, it is an obligation of means – drinking water distributors must strive to meet this target value by 31 December 2024 – not of results. Three Member States have a binding parameter for the Sum of 4 PFAS (Denmark, Germany and Sweden); the Netherlands, Flanders and Brussels have a recommended or target parametric value. All Member States except Poland have now transposed the new PFAS parameters.

Upcoming consultation deadlines:

  • Deadline to provide feedback on the draft recommendation for including Melamine in the Authorisation List: 7 May 2024
  • Deadline to provide feedback on the proposal for hazard classification of 1,3-diphenylguanidine: 17 May 2024.

More information 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