EU Commission Clarifies Status of Substance Under REACH Regulation

The Commission of the European Union (EU) has clarified the exempt status of a specific chemical under its REACH requirements.

In a Regulation issued in early October, the Commission modifies Annex V of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), which addresses chemicals and chemical substances that are exempt from REACH requirements. Specifically, the Commission has amended the Annex to include digestate to the list of exempt substances.

According to the Commission, digestate is a “residual semisolid or liquid materials that has been sanitized and stablised by a biological treatment process, of which the last step is an anaerobic digestion step.” In that way, the Commission reasoned, digestate is similar to other substances such as compost and biogas that result from the same process. Since these other substances are already listed in Annex V as exempt substances under REACH requirements, the Commission determined that digestate should be added to the exempt list as well.

Readf the Commission Regulation on the exemption of digestate from REACH requirements.

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