The automotive industry is committed to the objectives of REACH, which are to protect human health and the environment while guaranteeing the free movement of substances within the internal market, improving the competitiveness of the industry and fostering innovation.
The automotive industry has a responsibility to its customers to support the longevity of their current vehicles by ensuring that these products can be serviced, repaired and maintained in such a manner as to not be detrimental to their function, safety and reliability. Extending the lifetime of a vehicle is essential to reducing costs for consumers, as well as conserving natural resources and energy. The supply of spare parts is also regulated at a national level, e.g. in Germany, where a minimum 10 year availability obligation must be fulfilled. For this and other reasons, it is not uncommon for OEMs and suppliers to provide spare parts for vehicles that have been out of production for more than 20 years.
This position paper can be downloaded below.