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Press release: Authorization period hexavalent chrome ending in 2024

In February 2019, the REACH Committee of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) decided to give companies using chromium trioxide (CrO3) in electroplating on plastic parts a maximum of 7 years to reassess the availability of safer alternatives or substitute the substance earlier when possible. Chromium trioxide is a carcinogenic substance and has long been a substance of very high concern (SVHC) in Europe. It is still widely used in chrome electroplating.

The shorter authorization period, 7 years from the 2017 sunset date, should help incentivize industries to look at alternative coating methodologies. PVD is a fully mature substitute technology. An alliance of PVD providers, uniting the big players in the market, has been a clear voice promoting PVD as alternative to electroplating.

 

Read the full REACH statement here:

 http://ec.europa.eu/growth/content/reach-commission-imposes-strict-conditions-over-use-hazardous-chemicals-used-automotive_en