Represent the non-commercial collective interests of the members in such a way that the continuity and the success of the members' companies are ensured.
Advocate ‘one message’ on behalf of the members in cases where this continuity or success could be in danger or be negatively influenced.
Promote in an impartial way the image of the sector.
SCOPEWhat we work for
Official rules or regulations that need addressing (chemicals, product handling or packaging and transport) for consumers’ and artists’ protection
Industry proposals for good working practices
Undisputed test methods or requirements that maintain a level playing field for all members
We have a wide range of tasks.
Encourage adherence to the code of conduct (accountable behaviour on safety, health and the environment) amongst the members.
Determine the sector’s “agenda” for the coming years and take ownership for the agreed items.
Define and address the issues
Define the strategy, develop ‘one message’ and ensure the provision of resources to tackle the issues of the sector “agenda”.
Organize the consultation of the member companies that do not participate directly in the activities of the sector group.
Organise the participation of company representatives for the relevant meeting bodies, including the sector’s own business and technical groups but also other CEPE working groups and similar associations outside Europe.
Organize an AC annual meeting, that acts as a forum for all the industry players to share results and give input for next year’s actions, and technical committee meetings addressing relevant regulatory issues and voluntary actions.
MEMBERSRepresentatives of the following companies have approved the Mission Statement and the Code of Conduct for Members of the EU Sector Group “Artists’ Colours”
BLOCKX, S.A. (BE)
THE DERWENT PENCIL CO (UK)
LASCAUX COLOURS & RESTAURO (CH)
FILA SPA (IT)
CRANFIELD COLOURS (UK)
PEBEO INDUSTRIES S.A. (FR)
PELIKAN PBS-PRODUKTIONSGES. (DE)
SCHJERNING FARVER A/S (DK)
SENNELIER c/o MAX SAUER S.A. (FR)
MONTANA COLORS (ES)
Arts TITAN (ES)
CARAN D’ACHE (CH)
INDUSTRIAS TITAN S.A. (ES)
MARABU GMBH & CO. KG (DE)
BRIAN CLEGG LTD (UK)
ROYAL TALENS (NL)
H. SCHMINCKE & CO (DE)
GOLDEN ARTIST COLORS (BE)
Artists' Colours Documents
Safe Products for Your Customers
29 September 2009
TSD Duties and Impact
Artists’ Colours Products
29 September 2009
Communication on Sensitising Biocides for Artists' Colours
Code of Conduct
for MEMBERS OF THE EU SECTOR GROUP ARTISTS’ COLOURS
15 May 2007
in the handling and disposal of waste Artists’ Colours and their packaging
Finding a Pragmatic Solution
Interview of Ronald Benning, Chairman EuACA, in European Coatings Journal
Drawing on an active Approach
Interview of Nils Knappe, former Chairman EuACA, in European Coatings Journal
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CEPE GuidanceCommunication on sensitising biocides for Artists’ Colours
Many products used by consumers require in-can preservation against bacteria, yeasts and fungi. A number of these biocides and other preservatives are also used in water-based paints, printing inks and artists’ colours. There has been considerable media interest in the use of methyl isothiazolinone (MIT) following high increases in the numbers of allergic reactions reported by clinics in several countries. Whilst the use of MIT in cosmetics may be the principal cause of skin sensitisation, the presence of MIT in paints and other products could be sufficient to cause an allergic response in already sensitised individuals.
The use of MIT in cosmetics is being reviewed, and much lower limits and/or restrictions in certain types of products are expected. This should reduce the numbers of new cases of sensitisation, but there will still be a significant population already sensitised to MIT. One of the criticisms of the paint industry has been that the presence of MIT in consumer paints is not mentioned. The levels currently used are below the legal requirements for labelling, yet still high enough to be of concern for affected individuals. As a consequence, and also in order to avert possible future restrictions or legislative controls, CEPE has issued guidance on labelling of decorative paints to inform consumers about the presence of skin sensitising biocides.
Voluntary labelling is not a viable option for artists’ colours, since the small package sizes typically used do not permit space on the label for additional statements. Nonetheless CEPE is committed to ensuring safe use of its members’ products and recognizes that manufacturers of artists’ colours may also receive queries about sensitising biocides. The Artists’ Colours Technical Committee and Sector Group have therefore agreed to communicate an appropriate warning via their company websites or other documentation. The following standard text is recommended for this communication:
If untreated, water-based products provide an environment for growth of microorganisms which can both impair the product and cause adverse health effects.
Water-based artists’ materials therefore contain biocides as preservatives, including (but not exclusively) those from the family of chemicals known as izothiazolinones. Biocides can cause allergic skin reactions in individuals who are already sensitized to them, even at levels below current legal thresholds for warnings on the label. People who know they suffer from such allergies should exercise care and take suitable precautions when handling any water-based art material or other product.