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Regulatory and Commercial Obsolescence Risks of Materials and Processes

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Paavo Heiskanen, Premysl Janik, Oliver Reiff-Musgrove, Mikko Nikulainen, Tim Becker

DOI https://doi.org/10.21552/icrl/2020/1/4



This article summarises the current challenges related to legal obligations and restrictions associated with the use of chemicals, directly affecting space industrial sector. It also highlights issues surrounding the obsolescence of materials and processes, which are indirectly linked to the restrictions in use, but often have a serious impact on the space industry. Methods for risk assessment and means for the mitigation of risks associated with material and process obsolescence are described in the article. The most relevant substances under restrictions are discussed in detail. Lastly, the evolution in waste management, as well as some implications of the UK withdrawal from the EU are additionally analysed.

Paavo Heiskanen, former ESA REACH officer, Technical Reliability and Quality Division (TEC-QE), European Space Agency, for correspondence: <reach.officer@esa.int>. Premysl Janik, present ESA REACH Officer, Technical Reliability and Quality Division (TEC-QE), European Space Agency,for correspondence: <premysl.janik @esa.int>. Oliver Reiff-Musgrove, Young Graduate Trainee, Technical Reliability and Quality Division (TEC-QE), European Space Agency, for correspondence: <oliver.musgrove@esa.int>. Mikko Nikulainen, Head of Technical Reliability and Quality Division (TEC-QE), European Space Agency, for correspondence: <mikko.nikulainen@esa.int>. Tim Becker, Senior Legal Advisor, REACHLaw Ltd, for correspondence: <mailto:tim.becker@reachlaw.fi>. The presented paper was supported by ESA funding, contracts: CTR#4000106152 and CTR#4000112903 (CCN1).

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