SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, has published a SafeGuardS to remind stakeholders that Montenegro has revised its lists of restricted chemicals and persistent organic pollutants.
The revisions came into effect on December 15, 2022, further aligning Montenegro’s regulations with those in the European Union (EU).
‘Regulation on prohibited or permitted use, production and placing on the market of chemicals that pose an unacceptable risk to human health and the environment’ was issued in 2018. It contains three Annexes for the management of chemicals:
– Annex 1 ‘Chemicals that pose an unacceptable risk to health and the environment and whose use, production and placing on the market is prohibited or restricted’
– Annex 2 ‘List of Prohibited persistent organic pollutant (POP) substances’
– Annex 3 ‘Permitted values of VOC content in coatings (paints and varnishes)’
On December 7, 2022, Montenegro issued legislation to amend this regulation. This includes closer alignment with the (chemical) safety requirements in Annex XVII of Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 (REACH) and the list of POPs in Annex I of Part A of Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 (POP Recast Regulation).
SGS has published SafeGuardS 142.22 to help stakeholders understand the latest chemical safety requirements for consumer products destined for Montenegrin markets. The SafeGuardS includes details of important changes as well as information on updates made in 2020.
The SGS expert also notes that Montenegro’s latest list of restricted chemicals, in Annex I to the Regulation, requires a limit of no more than 0.1% for phenylmercury compounds (entry 62) as opposed to 0.01% for the same entry under Annex XVII of REACH. Additionally, the current entry 22 (pentachlorophenol (PCP), its salts and esters) may be removed in the future as these substances are now regulated in Annex 2 for POP chemicals.
Stakeholders are advised to read SafeGuardS 142.22 and check their products against the latest requirements.
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