REACH committee approves continued use of chromium trioxide

APEAL has welcomed a decision by the European Commission’s REACH committee to agree to authorise the continued uses of chromium trioxide for the passivation of tinplated steel (ETP), and for the manufacture Tin-Free Steel / Electrolytic Chromium Coated Steel (ECCS).

Chromium trioxide is used globally in the steel for packaging industry as a treatment to stabilise the surface of tinplated steel, and to manufacture ECCS. It is not present on the surface of the final material used for the manufacture of steel cans.

As a substance on the authorisation list of the REACH Regulation, any and all uses of chromium trioxide within the EEA require an authorisation, from the European Commission, in order to continue after the REACH Sunset Date.

The REACH committee agreed with the draft decision of the European Commission granting the use of chromium trioxide for ETP and ECCS, with a 4-year review period. The Commission is expected to publish its corresponding decision in the coming weeks.

Nonetheless, APEAL members are committed to the implementation of CFPA, a Chromium Free Passivation Alternative for tinplate in Europe. This decision by the Commission will safeguard APEAL members’ supply chains and allow additional time for CFPA to take place, maintaining the high quality of tinplate while ensuring continued consumer safety.

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