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Restrictions on the marketing and use of asbestos

Commission Directive 91/659/EEC of 3 December 1991 adapts to technical progress Annex I to Council Directive 76/769/EEC on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to restrictions on the marketing and use of certain...

Commission Directive 91/659/EEC of 3 December 1991 adapts to technical progress Annex I to Council Directive 76/769/EEC on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations (asbestos). The Directive notes that an effective way of protecting human health and the environment is to prohibit the use of fibres, such as those of amphibole asbestos, which some scientific authorities consider particularly dangerous, and points out that a fibre fixity test to assess the dangers posed by asbestos-containing products is not yet widely available. An Annex lists particular asbestos fibres whose marketing is prohibited by this Directive, and details a range of prohibited product types in the case of Chrysotile.