Organic Regulation delayed to 2022

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Entry into force of the Regulation officially postponed by one year, as the Delegated Act on Organic Heterogeneous Material (“OHM”) still remains open

The European Commission announced on 4th September 2020, that, at the request of Member States and stakeholders, it has proposed to the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament to postpose the entry into force of the Organic Regulation 2018/848 by one year.

This means that the new notification system for Organic Heterogeneous Material will only be applicable from 1st January 2022 onwards. This gives more time to advocate for better implementing rules, but also pushes back the unique opportunity that was created to develop a business plan based on OHM.

The Expert Group on Organics which negotiates the Delegated Act (DA) has last met virtually on the 15th and 16th September 2020, and experts were given an update on the state of play of the DA on OHM. However, the revised text after the “Inter-Service Consultation” has still not been made public, nor communicated to stakeholders.

The Act will be opened for public consultation for 4 weeks before its adoption, allowing for a last round of comments by stakeholders before its adoption by the Commission.