During the past week, you might have received an information letter from the CTACSub Consortium asking you to prepare a substitution plan for chromium trioxide. The European Commission has decided that the authorization procedure will be suspended until a substitution strategy has been drafted by CTACSub. The request to draft a substitution plan concerns initially only those companies which fall under CTAC Use 3, the functional chromium plating with decorative character. The European rotogravure and embossing industry is consequently not affected since it is covered by Use 2, the functional hard chromium plating. We are anticipating a similar development for Use 2, which will further delay a decision by the European Commission on the use of chromium trioxide. You will be informed as soon as there are any new developments in this regard.
Despite the current circumstances, work on ChromeXtend is progressing. At the moment, data is being collected from the gravure and embossing form manufacturers with the aim of providing a detailed picture of the industry in the authorization dossier. If you have not yet participated in the survey, we kindly ask you to do so until the end of April 2020. Only through the support of all companies can we achieve the longest possible approval period. You received your individualized links for the anonymous participation last on 18 March from chromeXtend@ramboll.com.
Owing to the Corona Pandemic the ERA Event CTA – Chromium Trioxide Authorization Symposium in Munich had to be postponed. As soon as the European travel restrictions have been lifted, we will announce a new date together with the ERA to present our authorization application and inform you about the latest developments at CTACSub.
We will keep you up to date on how the application is progressing in this newsletter and at www.kwalter.de. Should you have any specific questions on this matter, you can also e-mail our project manager Dr. Julian Rotter at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.