Potential key lithium salts classification as REPROTOX CAT 1A
As you might have been informed recently, there is a proposal by the EU to classify a number of key lithium salts (lithium chloride, lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide) as reproductive toxicants CAT A1. This is based on a proposal by the French member state representative, ANSES.
The lubricating grease industry is a key user of lithium salts. A possible classification might lead to significant disruptions in the supply chain of lithium or lithium containing mixtures.
For the grease industry the implications could be severe as almost 80% of all lubricating greases used (and produced) currently on a global basis are lithium containing.
These include and are not limited to:
- The way lithium as a raw material is handled in-house by grease manufacturers.
- The classification of products depending on any residual LiOH contained in the final product.
- The implications to the industry of having a grease thickener of this importance classified.
The ELGI would like to reach out to all stakeholders within the grease industry to jointly work together in developing a position paper (white paper) that would focus on the above aspects. This would also be a useful tool in communicating the above proposal to down-stream users of our products in a consistent and objective manner.
In addition to this, the group would collate information that could be especially useful to the Lithium consortium that is carrying out the advocacy work in this case with the ECHA, in order to present the socioeconomical impact of classifying or ultimately banning the use of Lithium salts for the grease industry.
As the lithium consortium will require some information by the end of Q1 next year, I would appreciate if you could provide your intention to participate in the group by the end of the year.
Eldon’s SA, Product Stewardship