Import of non-compliant REach and RoHs Furniture made of Wood Composite

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Dear Council of the EU,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

1. Whether there is any information on continued import of Furniture from Asian Countries made of non-compliant wood composites ?
2. If so, the details thereof with proposed measures.
3. If not, would the Council examine the case.

Yours faithfully,

SN Chamaria

Postmaster Consilium, Consejo de la Unión Europea

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SECRETARIAT DGF Access, Consejo de la Unión Europea

Dear SN Chamaria,

Thank you for your message dated 1 July 2013.

Your request will not be treated as a request for documents but as a
request for information. The Access to Documents service has forwarded it
to the competent service of the General Secretariat, at:

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Telephone (32-2) 281 56 50

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Although your question is rather too general and needs to be specified in
order to provide you with a complete answer, the relevant services of the
European Commission have provided the following answers:
The Directorate-General for Environment does not have any information on
continued import of furniture from Asian countries made of non-compliant
wood composites.
According to the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, Unit
F.3, there is no single legislation regulating wood composites in
furniture products as such, but rather various horizontal ones that would
cover furniture sector (wood composite), each from different aspects –
environment preservation, safety of workers, health of consumers etc. To
name just few, for example:
- The EU Timber Regulation ([2]Regulation (EU) No 995/2010*) that
prohibits the placing on the EU market for the first time of illegally
harvested timber and products derived from such timber;
- The Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical
substances (REACH) Regulation([3]Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006*) to improve
the protection of human health and the environment through the better and
earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances
(used amongst others in furniture products);
- The General Product Safety Directive (GPSD, [4]Directive 2001/95/EC*)
(currently in the review) to protect consumer health and safety and to
ensure the proper functioning of the internal market.
Also the following publications may contain useful information to you:
- The FACTS II Guide provides an overview of mandatory legislations in the
area of health & safety and environment for furniture manufactures:
[5]http://www.ueanet.com/facts2/directives....
- The environmental legislations applicable to furniture sector are
explained on the website of the Directorate-General for Enterprise and
Industry):
[6]http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/f...

Please see also the following European Commission Background Product
Report on Furniture:
[7]http://ec.europa.eu/environment/gpp/pdf/...

According to Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, Unit F.1,
restrictions in REACH are 'by chemical substance name'. It depends
therefore on which substance(s) you are referring to.
Also, enforcement is under the responsibility of EU Member States. The
relevant European Commission service is not aware of any particular
problems concerning wood composites.
The contact details for enforcement authorities in the Member States are
available on the website of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA):
[8]http://echa.europa.eu/web/guest/about-us...
The Rapid Alert System (RAPEX) Team of the European Commission
Directorate-General for Health and Consumers (Unit B.3) cannot comment on
your questions because they are not specific enough to provide any input
concerning RAPEX.
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"Search". The "bibliographic notice" provides information on the document,
such as dates, procedure and consolidated versions.

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From: SN Chamaria [mailto:[FOI #619 email]]
Sent: Monday, July 01, 2013 11:03 AM
To: SECRETARIAT DGF Access
Subject: access to information request - Import of non-compliant REach and
RoHs Furniture made of Wood Composite

Dear Council of the EU,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as
developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which
contain the following information:

1. Whether there is any information on continued import of
Furniture from Asian Countries made of non-compliant wood
composites ?
2. If so, the details thereof with proposed measures.
3. If not, would the Council examine the case.

Yours faithfully,

SN Chamaria

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