[Alt-photo] The end of dichromate?

Laura V laura at lavatop.com
Sun Oct 4 14:27:25 UTC 2015

Thanks for this info. Iceland isn't in the EU (it's EEA), so maybe I'm 
safe for now, but can't hurt to stock up just in case.


On 10/4/15 2:17 PM, Jacques Kevers via Alt-photo-process-list wrote:
> Don,
> As per regulation (EU) No. 348/2013 amending Annex XIV of the REACH
> Regulation (EC) n. 1907/2006, published on 18 April 2013 in the European
> Union Official Journal L 108, an effective prohibition date has been set
> for various products. From that date the selling as well as the use of the
> mentioned substances is banned in the European Union. If one wants to
> continue using or selling these substances, an authorization application
> has to be submitted to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) at the latest
> 18 months before the prohibition date. For the various dichromates (sodium,
> potassium, ammonium) the application has to be submitted before March 21st,
> 2016. The prohibition becomes effective as of September 21st, 2017. The
> placing on the market and use of these substances are forbidden starting
> from this date. In some countries, it is already difficult to order
> dichromates (I think Silverprint in the UK doesn't sell them any more). Of
> course, while the sales ban is easily implemented, monitoring the use of
> products held in private homes is practically impossible... So, I agree
> with Christina: in Europe at least, it is time to stockpile. At this
> moment, it is still possible to get potassium dichromate without problems
> in Belgium.
> Best,
> Jacques
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