Defence Sector strongly impacted by WFD/SCIP, REACHLaw-supported study for EDA finds

The European Defence Agency (EDA) has published the results of a study conducted by REACHLaw together with our partner Milieu Consulting SPRL. This new study that was published on 27 January 2021 is a follow-up to the EDA 2016 REACH/CLP study previously conducted by REACHLaw.

For this new specific report REACHLaw took a look at the implementation of the new requirements under the revised Waste Framework Directive (WFD Article 9)/SCIP Database at EU, national (governmental) and defence industry levels, and elaborated recommendations with focus towards EDA/participating Ministries of Defence (MoDs), based on an impact analysis.  

Overall, the report provides detailed information on the impact that the following six pieces of EU legislation on chemicals and waste might have on EU defence capabilities and proposes recommendations on how defence stakeholders, mainly MoDs and the Armed Forces, could implement these in a more coherent way, in view of mitigating such impact:

A broad consultation was carried out with key stakeholders, including the MoDs of EDA’s participating Member States and Norway, the European Commission, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) as well as EU defence industry stakeholders, including the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) and the National Defence Industry Associations.

EDA will now further assess the study outcome, together with its participating Member States and in consultation with relevant stakeholders. Based on this assessment, specific EDA activities will be identified/initiated to support Member States mitigate the impact of the six pieces of EU chemicals and waste legislation. 

More information can be found here:

For questions relating to the study content feel free to contact the work package manager for WFD/SCIP, Tim Becker:


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