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The Paints Directive 2004/42/EC

paintReview of the Paints Directive

In line with the provisions of Article 9 of the Paints Directive a review of the Directive has been undertaken in the course of 2008-2009 .

The Commission contracted a consultant to perform a study in support of this review.

The consultant's final report of the work undertaken in 2008-2009 is available on the CIRCA website via the below links:

  • Part 1 – Main report and annexes 1 to 25 (pdf ~3,2 Mb)
  • Part 2 – annexes 26 to 59 (pdf ~4 Mb)

Report of the Commission

On 27 May 2011, the Commission adopted a report (COM (2011)297 final) on the implementation and review of the Paints Directive 2004/42/EC, including the following conclusions and outlook.

On the basis of the preliminary information from Member States on the implementation of the Directive in the first years following its transposition, it can be seen that monitoring systems to ensure compliance were established. However, several Member States have struggled to set up their systems in time and therefore improvements to the current monitoring programmes and practices are required by sharing experiences and establishing best practices, before firm conclusions on detailed impacts on VOC emissions can be drawn.

Further information on these aspects is being gathered from Member States through the second national implementation reports. Those will be the basis for the second Commission report on the implementation of the Directive.

As required under the review clause of the Directive, an assessment was performed on measures that could potentially result in a further reduction of VOC emissions, i.e. the widening of the scope of the Directive and the tightening of its VOC limit values for vehicle refinishing products. However, even regulating a very wide range of different products would deliver only modest potential emission reductions and this would come with significant implementation problems, as well as with increased administrative burden and costs. In particular, important concerns remain with regard to the uncertain impacts on consumer behaviour and the likely increase of the administrative burden of regulating non-coating products. Furthermore, according to the latest results of the integrated assessment modelling, a strengthening of the existing VOC emission reduction measures seems not to be required to achieve the intermediate objectives of the Thematic Strategy. This will be further assessed over the coming years as part of the ongoing work related to the review of the Thematic Strategy. Therefore, amending the scope or limit values of the Paints Directive is not justified at this stage.