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9 February 2017

CERAME-UNIE POSITION ON CMD

News

Ahead of the vote in the EP Employment and Social Affairs Committee on the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive, scheduled for 28 February, the European ceramic industry has prepared its position position on the amendments tabled.
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Chemicals
20 December 2016

CERAMIC BREF REVISION

News

The official start of the revision of the Ceramic BREF has been further postponed by at least half a year to 2018.
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Chemicals
12 December 2016

CARCINOGENS AND MUTAGENS DIRECTIVE DEBATED IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

News

EP rapporteur Ulvskog presented her draft report on the revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive on 8 December.
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Chemicals
31 October 2016

FEPF ATTENDED THE SIXTH JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE (JRC) WORKSHOP ON CERAMICS

News

FEPF, the Cerame-Unie member association representing the European ceramic table- and ornamentalware, attended the sixth Joint Research Centre (JRC) workshop on ceramics on 25 October 2016 in Ispra, Italy.
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Environment
29 October 2016

FOOD CONTACT MATERIALS

News

FEPF, the Cerame-Unie member association representing the European ceramic table- and ornamentalware, attended the sixth Joint Research Centre (JRC) workshop on ceramics on 25 October 2016 in Ispra, Italy.
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REACH
6 October 2016

PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON REACH AUTORISATION PROPOSALS

News

Cerame-Unie/PRE replied to the public consultation launched by the European Commission (EC) in September, regarding the proposal to amend the REACH Annex XIV authorisation list.
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Chemicals
1 September 2016

PRE ACTIVITIES ON COAL TAR PITCH, HIGH TEMPERATURE

News

The substance Coal Tar Pitch High Temperature (CTPHT) was recommended in September 2014 for inclusion in the Annex XIV of Reach, the so-called Authorisation List. It was followed by a public consultation to which PRE replied.
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Chemicals
1 September 2016

POSSIBLE HARMONIZED CLASSIFICATION OF TIO2

News

On 31 May, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) has submitted a proposal to ECHA for a harmonised classification of Titanium Dioxide
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Chemicals
1 September 2016

NEPSI CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY

News

The conference celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the NEPSI Agreement took place on 16 June. This event took place in the light of the recently proposed revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD).
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Environment
1 September 2016

CERAME-UNIE PREPARES FOR CERAMICS BREF REVISION

News

The current Ceramic Manufacturing Industry Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference document, the so-called Ceramic BREF, was published in 2007 and is going to be reviewed officially in 2017.
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Chemicals
13 May 2016

RESPIRABLE CRYSTALLINE SILICA PROPOSED TO AMEND ANNEX OF CMD

News

The European Commission adopted a proposal to amend Directive 2004/37 on the protection of workers from the risk related to exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at work (CMD). Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) is one of the substances proposed.
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REACH
9 May 2016

CROSS-INDUSTRY GROUP LAUNCHES WEBSITE IN SUPPORT OF BETTER REGULATION INITIATIVE FOR CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT

News

The Cross-Industry Initiative (CII), an ad-hoc coalition of nearly 60 EU-wide, national organisations and companies, of which Cerame-Unie is part, has launched a new website to better inform policy makers of its goals and arguments.
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Chemicals
4 April 2016

NEPSI 2016 REPORTING EXERCISE CONCLUDED

News

The 2016 NEPSI reporting exercise started on 15 January 2016 and closed on 4 April 2016.
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REACH
26 January 2016

REACH AUTHORISATION ANNEX XIV - PROCESS ONGOING

News

Discussions on the possible inclusion of Refractory Ceramic Fibres, Borates and Coal tar pitch, high temperature in the REACH Authorisation list (Annex XIV) are ongoing.
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Chemicals
15 January 2016

NEPSI 2016 REPORTING EXERCISE STARTS UP

News

NEPSI, the European Network for Silica, was formed in 2006 to implement good practices with respect to the handling of crystalline silica sand on a voluntary basis. The 2016 reporting exercise will start on 15 January and end on 15 March.
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Environment
16 December 2015

AIR POLICY DISCUSSIONS IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

News

In recent months, discussions progressed in the European Parliament on the Medium Combustion plants Directive (MCPD) and the Reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants (NECD).
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Environment
15 December 2015

CU TASK FORCE AHEAD OF CERAMIC BREF REVISION

News

The European Commission is expected to start revising the Ceramic BREF in 2017. In order to prepare for the revision, Cerame-Unie set up a Task Force composed of BREF experts from all ceramic sectors.
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REACH
16 November 2015

RECOMMENDATIONS BY EU-WIDE CROSS-INDUSTRY INITIATIVE FOR BETTER REGULATION IN CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT

Position paper

This paper constitutes a revisited version of an earlier position paper, which is complemented with more comprehensive subject-specific reports. The general message transmitted by the original paper remains unchanged.
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Chemicals
12 October 2015

FIFTH JRC WORKSHOP IN ISPRA, ITALY

News

FEPF, the Cerame-Unie member association representing the European ceramic table- and ornamentalware, attended the fifth Joint Research Centre (JRC) workshop on ceramics on 12 October in Ispra, Italy.
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REACH
18 March 2015

BETTER REGULATION IN CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT

Position paper

The Cross Industry Initiative (CII), of which Cerame-Unie is a member, prepared a position paper asking the European Commission for better regulation in chemicals management.
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Chemicals
10 December 2014

SCIENTIFIC WORK ONGOING ON CERAMIC FOOD CONTACT MATERIALS

News

The European Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials (EURL-FCM) organised a fourth workshop in Ispra, Italy on 10 December 2014, which was attended by a strong delegation from Cerame-Unie.
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REACH
1 December 2014

PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON REACH AUTHORISATION

News

Cerame-Unie took part in the public consultation on the 6th list of recommendations for REACH authorisation. The public consultation included a range of substances relevant for the ceramics industry.
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REACH
27 November 2014

SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS OF RCF INCLUSION ON REACH ANNEX XIV

Position paper

Fifteen European industry associations signed a joint document highlighting the socio-economic implications of a potential inclusion of Al (Zr) Refractory Ceramic Fibres (RCF) on the REACH Annex XIV (authorisation) list.
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Environment
16 June 2014

NO ECO-DESIGN NECESSARY FOR INDUSTRIAL FURNACES

Position paper

Cerame-Unie supports the outcome of the Consultation Forum which was held on 16 May concluding that no eco-design requirements for industrial furnaces should be developed.
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Chemicals
10 June 2014

FOOD CONTACT LEGISLATION: TECHNICAL RESEARCH ONGOING

News

The European Reference Laboratory organised a third workshop in Ispra, Italy on 10 June 2014 to discuss the ongoing laboratory tests on the migration of different metals from ceramic tableware.
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Chemicals
14 March 2014

THIRD NEPSI REPORTING CONCLUDED

News

The third NEPSI reporting ended on 14 March 2014. The purpose of this voluntary exercise is to demonstrate the industry’s commitment to and continued improvement in dealing with respirable crystalline silica.
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REACH
28 February 2014

JOINT POSITION PAPER ON REFRACTORY CERAMIC FIBRES

Position paper

Cerame-Unie coordinated a joint position paper with 14 European industry associations on why REACH authorisation is not the appropriate way forward for refractory ceramic fibres.
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REACH
23 August 2013

COMMENTS ON REACH ANNEX XV RESTRICTION REPORT

Position paper

This position paper outlines the arguments for exempting all ceramic consumer articles from the proposed restriction in Annex XVII on lead and its compounds.
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Raw materials
28 June 2013

NON-ENERGY EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES PANEL ON RESOURCE TAXATION

Position paper

The Non-Energy Extractive Industries Panel detail that the tax on mineral resources is a non-adequate fiscal tool for increasing resource efficiency and that tax neutrality is hard to achieve at EU level yet remains a must for competitiveness.
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Environment
26 April 2013

12 INDUSTRIES FIND NO NEED FOR ECO-DESIGN FOR INDUSTRIAL KILNS AND FURNACES

Position paper

Custom designed industrial kilns and furnaces are already sufficiently regulated – an eco-design regulation for these installations is not needed.
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Raw materials
20 March 2013

NEEIP ON PROPOSAL TO AMEND DIRECTIVE ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Position paper

The Non Energy Extractive Industry Panel (NEEIP) comments on the proposal of the Commission to amend Directive 2011/92/EU on environmental impact assessment.
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Raw materials
2 February 2011

CERAME-UNIE WELCOMES COMMUNICATION ON RAW MATERIALS

Press release

The Commission presented its long awaited Communication on commodity markets and raw materials. The document contributes to the Europe 2020 flagship initiative ‘A resource efficient Europe’.
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