Important changes in ERFMI
The plenary has approved for 2018 a budget which opens possibilities for important changes in our organisation. A.o. the succession of Ton Pluijmert for which a search in our industry will be started. Also a much stronger and wider cooperation with other floor covering organisations is foreseen.
The website is operational and we are now analysing the visits. Then we will start a program for some adaptions to get a better Google ranking.
Also work has started to include a technical explorer on the basis of the one developed by FEB, Germany and a “Pledge” document for the sustainability section.
We already learned the website is an excellent introduction for new employees coming from outside our industry.
The EN14041 enquiry was very successful with unanimous approval of the national normalisation bodies. On November 30 the several remarks made will be handled for the final publication. As far as the essential elements are concerned no major changes are expected. VOC classes are still not in.
The European Commission has still not overcome the opposition to proceed with the delegated act for VOC classification.
A working group has started to come with clear definitions for product categories, in particular for the modular multilayer floorcoverings.
This is needed given the many constructions which are on the market and sometimes using confusing denominations and wrong reference to standards.
LCA – EPD project
The process for the third round of this special ERFMI project has started. A Steering Committee under the chairman of the TC has been chosen and the various offers made for the program are being analysed.
The ECHA Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) reached consensus TiO2 should be classified as a Class 2 Carcinogen by inhalation route. Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association (TDMA) (and industry in general) will try to dissuade the Commission from classification, but this is unlikely to be successful.
DINP classification proposal (reprotoxic 1b) was submitted by Denmark to ECHA on the December 1st 2016. The RAC has not discussed the proposal up until now.
A sensitizing effect of ADCA is not sufficiently proven. The ADCA Taskforce is preparing to contact the German Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (BAuA), which also is competent authority for CLP (regulation for Classification, Labelling and Packaging), to ask if they might consider producing an Classification and Labelling Dossier for ADCA to declassify the substance as SVHC. The proposed MAK value in Germany seems to be very low and users of TiO2 in powder form need to make enormous efforts in order to reach this value. Therefore, the ADCA task force should lobby against the introduction.
BAuA is investigating ZnO due to concerns about the nanoform and the perceived lack of toxicological Information in the registration dossier.
BAuA will evaluate the updated registration dossier and evaluate the substance until the beginning of 2018.
Delay in Publication
Because of a problem in using our symbols which is solved by now the publication of ISO 20326-2016 (Multilayer products with resilient on top) and an approved transition in EN-ISO 20326 was hold-up. Also EN-ISO 10582-2016 is so far not yet available today but the standard is approved.
On recommendation of the TC ISO 10581 will not be adapted so quartz tiles could be included but a separate product standard for Quartz tiles is foreseen.
Slip – TC 339
The hope to get CEN subsidy for a Round Robin test to develop the TS 16165 into a standard is given up. The 3 WG’s will restart their work to develop the TS in a standard without the Round Robin test.
Recycling Projects for PVC floor coverings
The contact with Fraunhofer for a follow-up of the dissolution project has been made. Within soon we will have to establish which ERFMI member companies are willing to actively participate in most likely an European subsidised project for a larger pilot plant.
The Oreade Suez project has come to the point a large scale test will be needed. We have to wait for the decisions taken within VinylPlus especially on the financing. ERFMI members can deliver material.
For general information on ERFMI see www.erfmi.com