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In January 2002 Cargill Dow presented an application to the European Commission for the establishment of a new generic name for their new fibre in accordance with Directive 96/74/EC. The Commission therefore convened two meetings of the technical working group for Directive 96/74/EC on textile names, comprising governmental experts representing each Member State. The meetings were held in Brussels on 12th April and 25th September 2002. The application was found to be justified by the group of experts who recommended an amendment to the list of fibre names in annex I of Directive 96/74/EC. The name proposed to the Commission for their new fibre is polylactide and it will be thus indicated for the purpose of this report.

The Group also decided that the Commission would take the necessary steps to prepare for the validation of the proposed test method for the quantification of polylactide in binary blends, taking into consideration the similar method 6 in Directive 96/74/EC. The Directorate General Joint Research Centre (JRC) was then asked to conduct experimental work to check the validity and suitability of the quantitative method for the analysis of binary mixtures containing polylactide, and to verify the qualitative method for the identification of this new fibre. The determination of the value of agreed allowance for polylactide was also part of this work.

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Authors: PICCININI P, European Commission, DG Enterprise, Brussels (BE);SENALDI C, European Commission, DG Enterprise, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21001 EN (2003), 64 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39-033278-9843 or +39-033278-9864 Fax: +39-033278-9623 E-mail:
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