PIGMENTS OPERATING COMMITTEE
The POC addresses developments worldwide, except for the USA, relating to health and environmental issues concerning organic pigments.
The main focus is on Europe. USA is excluded because the U.S. industry is represented by the Color Pigments Manufacturers Association.
Key activities are:
POC seeks, through cooperation with the responsible authorities, to ensure that there is a scientifically-sound, risk-based and cost-effective approach to regulations. Current issues are environmental fate, eco labelling, recycling of plastic waste, and the performance and quality specifications for food packaging and toys.
Non-regulatory restrictions on product use
Non-regulatory bodies are increasingly proposing ecological- and toxicological-based standards. ETAD seeks to assist such organisations to establish criteria relevant to the protection of consumers or the environment, whilst avoiding unwarranted discrimination of specific products.
Cooperation with other industry organisations
Good cooperation is maintained with related pigment manufacturing associations and the customer industry associations.
Several brochures and advisories have been issued to inform users on the safe use of pigments.