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Venetian glaziers have been using arsenic trioxide for Murano Crystal production since the 1600 to provide the glass with a particular thin clarity and as de-coloration agent, but from May 21st 2015 its use will be forbidden except for those in possession of the European Commission’s REACH Authorization.

Such ban will take place since arsenic trioxide has been classified under CLP nº 1272/2008 Regulation as carcinogen and toxic, as well as being included in the REACH Annex XIV official List for Authorization.

In order to keep on using the arsenic, Murano’s glaziers need to request the Authorization showing there are not safer alternatives available and that the socio-economic benefits produced with the help of the carcinogen will exceed the risks.

Italian government has financed a pioneering research to look for safer alternatives to replace arsenic trioxide for raw materials less toxic for human beings and the environment.  

This proves that REACH works not only in terms of health and environmental protection, but also in promotion of innovation and research through supporting governments and local organizations to update and replace dangerous chemical substances for safer alternatives.

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