Joint position paper on Refractory Ceramic Fibres

28 February 2014

Position paper

Cerame-Unie coordinated a joint position paper in English, French and German with 14 European industry associations on why REACH authorisation is not the appropriate way forward for refractory ceramic fibres (RCF). The document explains why the introduction of a Binding Occupational Emission Limit Value (BOELV) under the existing framework of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD) appears to be much more efficient and effective than a REACH authorisation to achieve the overall objective of improved risk management via harmonised workplace controls.


The fifth draft recommendation for substances to require a REACH authorisation was published in June 2013 and included two types of Refractory Ceramic Fibres. Following the public consultation in autumn 2013, the Member States Committee issued a positive opinion on the draft recommendation after which the European Chemicals Agency ECHA recommended these substances as priority substances to the European Commission for inclusion in REACH Annex XIV (the authorisation list).