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- Practical Guide -
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SECTION 8
SILICONES
1.
EU legislation
Silicones are not yet regulated at EU level by a specific Directive and, therefore, the general
provisions of the Framework Directive 89/109/EEC [A11] apply.
Nota bene
The Committee of Experts of the Council of Europe has adopted on 13 October 1999 a
Resolution on this issue [AP(99)3]. See Chapter IV.
2.
Background
Directive 2002/72/EC [A29] specifically excludes of silicones from the definition of
"plastics". The reasons of this decision are:
a)
95 % of the silicones should be considered as elastomers rather than plastics according
to classical definition;
b)
The rules applied to plastics are not necessarily appropriate to silicones;
c)
The existence of a Council of Europe Resolution recently approved.
3.
Commission Guidelines
Pending the drafting of a Commission Directive and the absence of a national legislation, the
Commission recommends the application of the Resolution of the Council of Europe as an
instrument to apply the Article 2 of the framework Directive 89/109/EEC.