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• April 21, 2015: Technical Committee meeting, Belgium
• May 5, 2015: BOD meeting, Brussels (Belgium)

Ban on lead in ammunition lifted in Norway
On February 3rd the Norwegian Parliament voted to reintroduce lead shots for hunting outside wetlands. The decision was taken by a consistent majority of 79 votes in favour and 16 against. This is a great success achieved by the Norwegian Associations that lifted a ban introduced ten years ago and always countered by hunters. The Norwegian Government will now include the decision taken by Parliament in a regulation that allows hunters to return using lead shots ammunition over non-wetland, starting from the hunting season of the current year For further info, please contact the AFEMS Secretariat.

Workshop "What Hunting Rifle Ammunition Should I Use?"
On February 13th, on the occasion of the FeHoVa Hungary Fair on hunting (12-15 February, Budapest), will be held the workshop "What Hunting Rifle Ammunition Should I Use?" The workshop, organized by CIC, FACE and RUAG Ammotech with the support of AFEMS will focus on several issues of our interest such as the issue of lead vs lead-free ammunition, and game meat related to hygiene and food security. The aim of the workshop is to provide information on the basis of which individuals may make an informed decision about what sustainable ammunition they choose for hunting. Please click here to see the provisional programme of the event. For further info, please contact the AFEMS Secretariat.

The study "Lead in game meat and bio-accessibility of lead metal fragments" is now published on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
The Swedish study "Lead in Game Meat and Bio-Accessibility of Lead Metal Fragments" has been recently published on SSRN, the best open-access repository in the world.
The aim of the study conducted on free-range wild boars shot during normal hunting conditions, is to experimentally examine what percentage of any metal lead fragments present in game meat is converted to water soluble bio-accessible lead salts in the human gastrointestinal process.
By using the most advanced technology and techniques the study demonstrates that less than 1 % of the lead metal fragments accidentally ingested by persons eating game meat is converted to bio-accessible ionic form and absorbed by the human tissues. The results achieved by the study prove once again that restrictions on the use of lead in hunting ammunition are based on ideological, emotional and political elements rather than real facts fact and scientific evidence.
Please click here to access SSRN's website.
For further info, please contact the AFEMS Secretariat.

Actions to counter the classification of metallic lead as a toxic substance
All the European Industries using metallic lead, including ours, are acting for countering the classification of metallic lead as a toxic substance. To this end, several meetings have been recently held at the competent Directorates of the EU Commission in Brussels.
The opposition to the classification is essentially based on two arguments:
• it is not appropriate to classify all forms of lead as toxic because the bioavailability of massive metal is not the same as that of others forms, in particular powder;
• the Specific Concentration Limit (SCL) of 0,03% requested for the classification is not realistic and inconsistent with the existing EU legislation on risks management.
AFEMS is constantly involved with the other European Associations in providing the necessary information and support concerning the use of metallic lead in ammunition.

The Company PRVI Partizan PPU is organizing the next AFEMS Congress.
The venue is Serbia.
The dates are June 4-6, 2015

In response to a request forwarded by AFEMS concerning the inclusion of ammunition in the proposed restrictions of lead and its compounds in consumer articles, ECHA replied that "ammunition is excluded from the scope of the proposed restrictions. This is already reflected in the published responses to comments document (page 64 of RCOM, accessible here ), and this view is elaborated in the draft Background Document (available here)".

At the end of October 2014 the DG HOME of the EU Commission published on its website the results of the two studies on firearms, namely:
1. Study to support an Impact Assessment on a possible initiative related to improving rules on deactivation, destruction and marking procedures of firearms in the EU, as well as on alarm weapons and replicas – Ernst & Young/SIPRI;
2. Study to Support an Impact Assessment on Options for Combatting Illicit Firearms Trafficking in the European Union – CSES.
The outcome of the two studies is the result of surveys and questionnaires submitted to EU and national industry's stakeholders, as well as of extensive discussions held during the meetings of the Firearms Experts Group (FEG), of which AFEMS is member. For more information please contact the Secretariat.