This article is brought to you by the – Global News Channel concerning the effect of REACH on the Association of European Airlines (APA), and the aviation maintenance industry.

The Association of European Airlines (AEA) warns the European Commission to re-evaluate its proposal on the new EU legislation on the registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals (REACH) since it will not only harm the European aviation maintenance industry but will have negative impact on the European economy.

In Amsterdam, at the annual Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Europe Conference and Exhibition, Vincent De Vroey, General Manager of Technical and Operations of AEA highlighted the detrimental effect of the proposals to add further substances to the list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) under the existing EU REACH legislation. As AEA announced, the so-called REACH legislation has been designed for large chemical suppliers without taking into account the requirements of downstream users of chemicals, such as the aerospace and maintenance industry.

AEA warns that the new proposals would create serious disruptions within the aircraft maintenance sector in Europe. Moreover, in a significant threat to the European economy and to the competitiveness of the EU airline and maintenance industry, aircraft operators will be incentivised to move their activities to non-EU countries.

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