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Daily Archives: 23. May 2016


European Commission publishes proposal for the revision of the Carcinogens Directive

On 13th May the European Commission published its proposal for the revision of the Carcinogens Directive, containing a BOELV for ASW/RCF of 0,3 f/ml. The proposal is based on scientific evidence and follows broad discussions with scientists, employers, workers, Member States’ representatives and labour inspectors, and follows the recommendation made by SCOEL in October 2010.

[Link to EC press release]


Position paper “Regulatory Risk Management of ASW/RCF”

This document and the associated references are intended to inform regulatory decision makers about ECFIA´s approach to workplace risk management for ASW/RCF products.

It concludes that the application of OSH regulation based on the STOP principle (Substitution where feasible, otherwise Technical, Organizational and Personal exposure protection as needed), including compliance with a scientifically justified exposure limit, adequately manages the potential risk associated with the handling and use of ASW/RCF products.

[Link to document]


ECFIA CARE Guidance library

Guidance documents on “Waste disposal” and “Removal” have been added to ECFIA´s CARE Guidance library. The library´s 20 documents have been written by industry experts and are designed to give customers of ECFIA members’ helpful information to put in place effective controls to minimise exposure to airborne fibres.

[Link to CARE Guidance website]


ECFIA brochure

To inform interested stakeholders about ECFIA, a new brochure has been produced which includes information on the types of HTIW and where they are used, the CARE and PSP programmes, as well as on toxicological and scientific studies related to HTIW.

The brochure is electronically available as a pdf-file and also in printed format which can be ordered by contacting us at:


New associate member

IBIDEN Hungary Kft. has joined ECFIA to become its 7th associate member. Located in the industrial park of Dunavarsány, 25 kilometers south of Budapest, the company was established in 2004 as the second European DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) producing centre of the Japanese IBIDEN Group.

After completion of registration of PCW under REACH, IBIDEN Hungary Kft. began production of fibres in 2016 and is interested in getting more involved in ECFIA’s projects in the long term.


ECFIA annual meeting

On 3rd May 2016, ECFIA´s annual meeting took place in Liverpool, UK where members, associate members and advisors to ECFIA gathered to share their knowledge and experiences. Read more »


Cross-Industry Initiative launches website

The Cross-Industry Initiative (CII), an ad-hoc coalition of more than 50 EU-wide organisations and companies, of which ECFIA is a founding member, has launched a new website supporting its drive to achieve the most appropriate and effective regulation for the management of chemicals in the workplace.
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