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Thursday, November 15, 2018



New limits for 33 CMR substances in clothing, textiles and footwear under REACH


On 12th October 2018, the European Commission published Regulation (EU) 1513/2018 that modifies Annex XVII to REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 by including a new entry (Entry 72).

This new entry affects textiles, clothing, related accessories and footwear by restricting the use of certain CMR substances by their Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or Toxic for Reproduction properties.

These new requirements shall be applicable from 1 November 2020.
Read the entire news at the following (link).


Europe - REACH


Recent Updates Regarding REACH


Below table includes a summary of the main recent updates (non-exhaustive) regarding REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006:

Summary of main recent updates




3rd October 2018

European Commission has notified to World Trade Organization (WTO) the following draft with reference G/TBT/N/EU/601:
“Draft Commission Regulation amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards (3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8,8- tridecafluorooctyl) silanetriol and TDFAs “.

Click here for getting the official publication in the European Commission website.

4th October  2018

Corrigendum to Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/227 of 9 February 2017 amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards bis(pentabromophenyl)ether.

Click here for getting the official publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

5th October 2018

Two restriction dossiers submitted:

  • N,N-dimethylformamide (EC 200-679-5, CAS 68-12-2)
  • Five soluble cobalt salts

The dossiers are expected to be launched in mid-December for public consultation.

Click here for getting more information about the Registry of restriction intentions.


Europe - CLP

Recent Updates Regarding CLP


Below table includes a summary of the main recent updates (non-exhaustive) regarding CLP Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008:

Summary of main recent updates




October 2018

Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1480 of 4 October 2018 amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures and correcting Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/776.

Click here for official publication in Official Journal of the European Union.

October 2018

Public consultation on harmonised classification and labelling:

  • Mecoprop-P (ISO) [1] and its salts; (R)-2-(4-chloro-2-methylphenoxy)propionic acid [1] and its salts (EC 240-539-0; CAS 16484-77-8)
  • Imidacloprid (ISO); (E)-1-(6-chloropyridin-3-ylmethyl)-N-nitroimidazolidin-2-ylidenamine (EC -; CAS 138261-41-3)
  • Azamethiphos (ISO); S-[(6-chloro-2-oxooxazolo[4,5-b]pyridin-3(2H)-yl)methyl] O,O-dimethyl thiophosphate (EC 252-626-0; CAS 35575-96-3)
  • Diflufenican (ISO); N-(2,4-difluorophenyl)-2-[3-(trifluoromethyl)phenoxy]-3-pyridinecarboxamide; 2′,4′-difluoro-2-(α,α,α-trifluoro-m-tolyloxy)nicotinanilide (EC -; CAS 83164-33-4)
  • Tetrakis(2,6-dimethylphenyl)-m-phenylene biphosphate; tetrakis(2,6-dimethylphenyl) 1,3-phenylene bis(phosphate) (EC 432-770-2; CAS 139189-30-3)
  • 3-aminomethyl-3,5,5-trimethylcyclohexylamine (EC 220-666-8; CAS 2855-13-2)
  • 6,6'-di-tert-butyl-2,2'-methylenedi-p-cresol (EC 204-327-1; CAS 119-47-1)

The deadline for comments is 7 December 2018.

Public consultation on harmonised classification and labelling here.

October 2018

Proposals to harmonise classification and labelling for:

  • Cinnamaldehyde; cinnamic aldehyde; (2E)-3-phenylprop-2-enal (EC 203-213-9, CAS 104-55-2)
  • Methyl methacrylate; methyl 2-methylprop-2-enoate; methyl 2-methylpropenoate (EC 201-297-1, CAS 80-62-6)
  • Ammonium bromide (EC 235-183-8, CAS 12124-97-9)
  • 2,4,6-tri-tert-butylphenol (EC 211-989-5, CAS 732-26-3)

Intentions to harmonise the classification and labelling for:

  • Undecan-2-one; methyl nonyl ketone (EC 203-937-5, CAS 112-12-9)
  • Difenoconazole (ISO); 1-({2-[2-chloro-4-(4-chlorophenoxy)phenyl]-4-methyl-1,3-dioxolan-2-yl}methyl)-1H-1,2,4-triazole; 3-chloro-4-[(2RS,4RS;2RS,4SR)-4-methyl-2-(1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-ylmethyl)-1,3-dioxolan-2-yl]phenyl 4-chlorophenyl ether (EC 601-613-1, CAS 119446-68-3)
  • Chloromethane; methyl chloride (EC 200-817-4, CAS 74-87-3)
  • Reaction products of boric acid with didecylamine and ethylene oxide; polymeric betaine (EC -, CAS -)
  • 1-[2-({[1-(4-chlorophenyl)-1H-pyrazol-3-yl]oxy}methyl)-3-methylphenyl]-4-methyl-1,4-dihydro-5H-tetrazol-5-one; metyltetraprole (EC -, CAS 1472649-01-6)
  • (3E)-dec-3-en-2-one (EC -, CAS 18402-84-1)
  • [S-(Z,E)]-5-(1-hydroxy-2,6,6-trimethyl-4-oxocyclohex-2-en-1-yl)-3-methylpenta-2,4-dienoic acid; S-abscisic acid (EC 244-319-5, CAS 21293-29-8)
  • Reaction mass of 3-(difluoromethyl)-1-methyl-N-[(1RS,4SR,9RS)-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-9-isopropyl-1,4-methanonaphthalen-5-yl]pyrazole-4-carboxamide and of 3-(difluoromethyl)-1-methyl-N-[(1RS,4SR,9SR)-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-9-isopropyl-1,4-methanonaphthalen-5-yl]pyrazole-4-carboxamide; isopyrazam (EC -, CAS 881685-58-1)
  • Diuron (ISO); 3-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethylurea, (EC 206-354-4, CAS 330-54-1)
  • Oxamyl (ISO); N',N'-dimethylcarbamoyl(methylthio)methylenamine N-methylcarbamate (EC 245-445-3 CAS 23135-22-0)

Click here for the Registry of CLH intentions until outcome.




Significant new use rules for 54 substances


During September and October 2018, the  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notified Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances to World Trade Organization with reference G/TBT/N/USA/1395 and G/TBT/N/USA/1396.
The aim of these proposals are to have significant new use rules (SNURs) under the
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for 54 chemical substances which were the subject of
Premanufacture notices (PMNs).


US - California


Maximum Allowable Dose Levels (MADLs) for n-hexane


On 5th October 2018, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) opened a public consultation regarding its proposal to stablish two Maximum Allowable Dose Levels (MADLs) for n-hexane. The proposed MADLs are:

Chemical Name

Level (Micrograms/day)

n-Hexane  (oral)


n-Hexane (inhalation)


Consultation is opened until November 19, 2018.

Click here for more information in OEHHA website.




California Proposition 65 Reformulations (October, 2018)


California Proposition 65 is the ‘Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986’, which has been effective for almost 30 years. Due to the implement of California Proposition 65, more and more court cases are settled to reduce the exposure of carcinogenic and reproductive chemicals by reformulating the consumer products containing such chemicals.

In order to keep retailers and manufacturers up-to-date, the highlights of some recent consent agreements are summarized as below:




Case No

Traffic cones


Products exceed the limit shall utilize a warning statement

Out of court


US - Oregon



Oregon Approved Toxic Free Kids Rule Revision


On 11th September 2018, the Oregon Health Authority adopted two Permanent Administrative Orders PH 252-2018 and PH 253-2018 which amend its Toxic-Free Kids Act.

PH 252-2018 “Chemicals of High Concern to Children” amends OAR 333-016-2020 by adding five high priority chemicals to HPCCCH list and removing three chemicals from the list. The new list of HPCCCHs containing 68 chemicals will become effective on January 1st  2019.

PH-253-2018 amends OAR 333-016-2060; 2080; 2090 including “Notification Requirements”, “Fees” and “Enforcement and Civil Penalties” and has come into effect from 1st  October, 2018.

For more information click here.




Canada Issues Prohibition of Asbestos and Products Containing Asbestos Regulations


On 17th October 2018, Health Canada published Prohibition of Asbestos and Products Containing Asbestos Regulations: SOR/2018-196 on the Canada Gazette, Part II.

These Regulations prohibit the import, sale, and use of processed asbestos fibers and products containing processed asbestos fibers and consumer products containing naturally occurring asbestos in greater than trace amounts, with some exceptions.

The Regulations will come into force on the 90th day after the day on which they are registered that is 30 December, 2018 and the current Asbestos Products Regulations SOR/2016-164 will be repealed on the same day.

Click here for more information.






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