The RAC has opted to recommend a ban with a transitional period of six years until implementation.
SEAC have not been able to decide on the most appropriate option. They noted that risk management measures to contain synthetic infill material on artificial pitches cost less than a complete ban, but a ban would be more effective in preventing releases in the long term. Based on the available information, the SEAC does currently not prefer one option over the other.
SEAC will now launch a 60-day consultation on their draft opinion. All affected organisations are encouraged to comment.
Following this, SEAC will finalise their opinion. They may adopt one of the two options they are still considering, or they may continue to maintain their current position. Once finalised, the two opinions will be submitted to the European Commission. This should happen towards the end of this year.