Early February the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) informed that:
The EU-wide ban on using lead gunshot in wetland areas starts applying on 16 February 2023.
(this peace of legislation does not concern angling directly)
“In January 2021, we [ECHA] proposed a broader restriction covering the use of lead in hunting, outdoor sports shooting and fishing. This proposal and the scientific committees’ opinion will soon be sent to the European Commission for decision making.”
As a result, there is still no exact date but the ECHA lead restriction proposal will be sent to the EU Commission “soon”.
EFTTA has been involved with the ECHA work from the very beginning in 2018 until today, and will continue its engagement with the EU Commission to the end of this legislative process.
Instead of use ban EFTTA pleads for sales ban, import control and consumer information.
For more details consult also the following publications on this subject.
- EFTTA Position Lead Ban 2022
- ECHA's main page about the lead restriction work