EU Reach: A Second Batch of Chemicals Face Authorization

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The EU REACH Committee achieved agreement on two key issues during its meeting on 28-29 September. In addition to voting unanimously to list eight substances proposed by the European Chemicals Agency in REACH Annex XIV, the Committee also agreed a package of restrictions on substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic (CMR).

The eight chemicals were proposed by ECHA in December 2010, and the Committee’s decision means that companies will have to seek authorization for these substances in future. The substances include:

  • Di-isobutylphthalate (DIBP)
  • Diarsenic trioxide
  • Diarsenic pentaoxide
  • Lead chromate
  • Lead sulfochromate yellow (CI Pigment Yellow 34)
  • Lead chromate molybdate sulphate red (CI Pigment Red 104)
  • Tris(2-chloroethyl)phosphate (TCEP)
  • 2,4-dinitrotoluene (2,4-DNT)
The Committee also agreed a package of restrictions for substances placed on Annex VI of the CLP Regulation with a harmonized classification of category 1a or 1b carcinogen under the first Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) in 2009 Under the procedure, the restriction of substances with such a classification will apply to consumer applications under Annex XVII sections 28-30 of REACH.
The agreed texts must now be translated and passed on to the European Parliament for its three-month scrutiny before being published in the EU Official Journal.
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