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Status REACh-Cr VI Authorization procedure


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According to REACh, an authorization is mandatory for the use of chromium trioxides from September 2017 onwards.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on the work of the CTAC Consortium.


Both the VECCO (the association for the use of chromium trioxide and other chemicals in surface technology, etc.), as well as the CTAC (Chromium Trioxide Authorization Consortium), the dossiers are largely completed and are in the final vote.


A joint application will be made, covering all downstream users.

"We are firmly committed from authorization to at least 2024 relevant applications for plastic electroplating," says Dr. Brockmann (VECCO) confidently at the FGK conference Chrom 2020.


At the same time, VECCO is trying to achieve legal relief and at the political level to facilitate the REACH effort for galvanics. The FGK (Fachverband Galvanierte Kunststoffe) has contributed to the preparation of the dossiers.


After a one-time authorization, authorization of chromium trioxide can be extended as often as required in the "review process".


Explanation Joint-Application


According to REACh, the manufacturer / importer of a chemical carries the main responsibility for the authorization, as well as the applications contained in the authorization dossier.

If several manufacturers / importers of a chemical (here for Cr-VI) join together and apply for a joint authorization, which contains many different applications, then a Joint Application (JA) is mentioned.


All downstream users (eg formulators, galvanics, etc.) can buy the authorized chemicals from one of the parties involved in the JA and thus automatically receive the authorization for the respective chemical. The prerequisite is that the application of the buyer has been listed and viewed in the authorization dossier.