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Document 32021L1979

Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2021/1979 of 11 August 2021 amending, for the purposes of adapting to scientific and technical progress, Annex IV to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards an exemption for the use of bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in plastic components in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) detector coils (Text with EEA relevance)

C/2021/5867

OJ L 402, 15.11.2021, p. 69–72 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, GA, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

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ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dir_del/2021/1979/oj

15.11.2021   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 402/69


COMMISSION DELEGATED DIRECTIVE (EU) 2021/1979

of 11 August 2021

amending, for the purposes of adapting to scientific and technical progress, Annex IV to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards an exemption for the use of bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in plastic components in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) detector coils

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2011 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (1), and in particular Article 5(1), point (a), thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Directive 2011/65/EU requires Member States to ensure that electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market does not contain the hazardous substances listed in Annex II to the Directive. That restriction does not apply to certain exempted applications listed in Annex IV to the Directive.

(2)

The categories of electrical and electronic equipment to which Directive 2011/65/EU applies are listed in its Annex I.

(3)

Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is a restricted substance listed in Annex II to Directive 2011/65/EU, as amended by Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2015/863 (2). DEHP is not to be used, from 22 July 2021, in medical devices, including in vitro medical devices above a maximum concentration value of 0,1% tolerated by weight in homogeneous materials.

(4)

On 12 September 2018 and 2 October 2019, the Commission received applications made in accordance with Article 5(3) of Directive 2011/65/EU for an exemption to be listed in Annex IV to that Directive, for the use of DEHP in plastic components in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) detector coils (‘the requested exemption’).

(5)

Two technical and scientific assessment studies were carried out to evaluate the exemption applications. The first study (3) covered the first application received. Due to the similarity of the second application to the first, the second study (4) evaluated both applications together. The evaluation of the applications, which took into account the availability of technically practicable and reliable substitutes and the socioeconomic impact of substitution, concluded that no suitable alternatives to DEHP are sufficiently available on the market and that not granting the exemption is likely to result in total negative environmental, health and consumer safety impacts caused by substitution, which outweigh the benefits thereof. The evaluation included stakeholder consultations as required by Article 5(7) of Directive 2011/65/EU. The comments received during those consultations were made publicly available on a dedicated website.

(6)

The requested exemption is consistent with Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council (5) and thus does not weaken the environmental and health protection afforded by it.

(7)

It is, therefore, appropriate to grant the requested exemption by including the applications covered by it in Annex IV to Directive 2011/65/EU.

(8)

To ensure that compatible plastic components for MRI coil detectors for health services are widely available on the Union market and to allow time for the development of suitable and widely available alternatives, the requested exemption should be granted until 1 January 2024, in accordance with Article 5(2), first subparagraph, of Directive 2011/65/EU. In view of the results of the ongoing efforts to find a reliable substitution, the duration of the exemption is unlikely to have adverse impacts on innovation.

(9)

Directive 2011/65/EU should therefore be amended accordingly.

(10)

In the interest of legal certainty and in order to protect the legitimate expectations of operators supplying the medical devices concerned that the requested exemption applies by the date of entry into force of the prohibition for the use of the restricted substance in question, and in the absence of any legitimate interest in creating a disruption to the supply of those medical devices as a result of the entry into force of that prohibition, this Directive should enter into force as a matter of urgency and should apply with retroactive effect from 21 July 2021,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DIRECTIVE:

Article 1

Annex IV to Directive 2011/65/EU is amended as set out in the Annex to this Directive.

Article 2

1.   Member States shall adopt and publish, by 30 April 2022 at the latest, the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive. They shall communicate the text of those provisions to the Commission forthwith.

They shall apply those provisions from 21 July 2021.

When Member States adopt those provisions, they shall contain a reference to this Directive or be accompanied by such a reference on the occasion of their official publication. Member States shall determine how such reference is to be made.

2.   Member States shall communicate to the Commission the text of the main provisions of national law that they adopt in the field covered by this Directive.

Article 3

This Directive shall enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Article 4

This Directive is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 11 August 2021.

For the Commission

The President

Ursula VON DER LEYEN


(1)  OJ L 174, 1.7.2011, p. 88.

(2)  Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2015/863 of 31 March 2015 amending Annex II to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the list of restricted substances (OJ L 137, 4.6.2015, p. 10).

(3)  For the final report of the study (Pack 17), see: https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/df0ab036-8b52-11ea-812f-01aa75ed71a1/language-en/format-PDF/source-146143357.

(4)  For the final report of the study (Pack 20), see: https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/185e9d5b-d5fc-11ea-adf7-01aa75ed71a1/language-en/format-PDF/source-146144567.

(5)  Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), establishing a European Chemicals Agency, amending Directive 1999/45/EC and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 793/93 and Commission Regulation (EC) No 1488/94 as well as Council Directive 76/769/EEC and Commission Directives 91/155/EEC, 93/67/EEC, 93/105/EC and 2000/21/EC (OJ L 396, 30.12.2006, p. 1).


ANNEX

In Annex IV to Directive 2011/65/EU, the following entry 46 is added:

‘46

Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in plastic components in MRI detector coils.

Expires on 1 January 2024.’


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