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Monday, July 9, 2018

Europe - REACH


10 substances added to Candidate List (SVHCs)

On 27th June 2018 the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) added 10 new substances to the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) for authorization.


Substance name EC number CAS number

Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4)



Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5)



Dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6)






Disodium octaborate






Terphenyl hydrogenated



Ethylenediamine (EDA)



Benzene-1,2,4-tricarboxylic acid 1,2 anhydride (trimellitic anhydride) (TMA)



Dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP)




The total number of substances on the ECHA Candidate List is now 191.

Click here for the complete Candidate List from ECHA website.


Europe - REACH


Recent Additional 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
Date Subject Link

May  2018

Intention to restrict:

  • Lead chromate (EC 231-846-0)
  • Lead sulfochromate yellow (C.I. Pigment Yellow 34) (EC 215-693-7)
  • Lead chromate molybdate sulphate red (C.I. Pigment Red 104) (EC 235-759-9)

Expected date of submission of the restriction dossier: 12 April 2019

Registry of restriction intentions

June 2018

Public consultation:
Future update of Annex XIV entries of four phthalates: some uses previously exempted may require authorisation

  • Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP, EC 204-211-0, CAS 117-81-7)
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP, EC 201-557-4, CAS 84-74-2)
  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP, EC 201-622-7, CAS 85-68-7)
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP, EC 201-553-2, CAS 84-69-5)


Click here to access the Public consultation

June 2018

Public Consultation to review request of derogation about  the restriction of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related substances (Entry 68 of Annex XVII to REACH) will finish on 20th August 2018

Click here to access the Public consultation

June 2018

New intention for identification as a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC):
2,2-bis(4'-hydroxyphenyl)-4-methylpentane (EC 401-720-1; CAS 6807-17-6)

Click here for Registry of current SVHC 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
Date Subject Link

June 2018

Intention to harmonise the classification and labelling for:

  • Boric acid [1]; diboron trioxide [2]; tetraboron disodium heptaoxide, hydrate [3]; disodium tetraborate, anhydrous [4]; orthoboric acid sodium salt [5]; disodium tetraborate decahydrate [6]; disodium tetraborate pentahydrate [7] (no EC/CAS numbers)
  • Crystalline silica: quartz (SiO2); [1] tridymite; [2] cristobalite; [3] (EC 238-878-4/239-487-1/238-455-4, CAS 14808-60-7/15468-32-3/14464-46-1) has been withdrawn
  • Quinoclamine (EC 220-529-2, CAS 2797-51-5 -)
  • Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (fibres fulfilling the WHO definition: diameter < 3 µm, fibre length > 5 μm and aspect ratio ≥ 3:1, with a diameter > xx nm), [MWCNT]; (Additional lower cut-off value for the diameter of the MWCNT will be clarified in the final CLH proposal) (EC -, CAS -)
  • 2,4,6-tri-tert-butylphenol (EC 211-989-5, CAS 732-26-3)
  •  6-[(C10-C13)-alkyl (branched, unsaturated)-2,5-dioxopyrrolidin-1-yl]hexanoic acid (EC -, CAS -)

Proposals to harmonise the classification and labelling for:

  • (E)-2-(methoxyimino)-N-methyl-2-[α-(2,5-xylyloxy)-o-tolyl]acetamide (EC 604-712-8, CAS 149961-52-4)
  • 2-(phenoxy)ethanol (EC 204-589-7, CAS 122-99-6)


Click here for the Registry of CLH intentions until outcome

June 2018

Harmonised classification and labelling proposals in public consultation:

  • N-{2-[[1,1'-bi(cyclopropyl)]-2-yl]phenyl}-3-(difluoromethyl)-1-methyl-1H-pyrazole-4-carboxamide; sedaxane (CAS: 874967-67-6) – an active substance used in plant protection products as a fungicide
  • 1,2,4-triazole (EC 206-022-9; CAS 288-88-0) – it is mainly used as an intermediate and fertilizer

The deadline for comments is 3 August 2018

Click here to check Harmonised classification and labelling public consultations




Proposals for Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants

On 23rd May 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notified to World trade Organization their corresponding “Draft on National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Surface Coating of Wood Building Products Residual Risk and Technology Review”.
The aim of this draft is to propose amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Surface Coating of Wood building.
Click here for getting the Notification Details with reference G/TBT/N/USA/1369 in the European Commission website.





California Proposition 65 Reformulations (May, 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 to carcinogenic and toxic for reproduction chemicals by reformulating consumer products containing such chemicals.

Find below some recent consent agreements:


Product Chemical Limit Case No

Vinyl/PVC greenhouse covers 


1000 ppm
Labelling is not allowed

Out of court

Vinyl/PVC Shower Hoses
Electrical Components and Accessories
Hand Tools
Household Hardware Accessories
Household Plumbing Accessories
Tape Measures



90 ppm
1µg (NIOSH 9100)
1000 ppm


San Francisco Superior Court CGC-18-566066





Effective date approaching for Amended Proposition 65 Clear and Reasonable Warnings Requirements

On 30th August, 2018, Amended Proposition 65 Article 6- Clear and Reasonable Warnings will be effective.

Companies must review all the consumer products for which they provide warnings and determine how they will meet this new regulatory requirement on a product-by-product basis depending on whether there is one or more chemicals for which warning is required and the basis for such warning.
The OEHHA’s website provides information about the old and new warnings at Products & Places section and the required Warning symbol that can be downloaded.




New rules for Asbestos


On 14th June 2018,  the  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notified to World trade Organization their draft proposal for a significant new use rule (SNUR) for Asbestos: “Asbestos; Significant New Use Rule” under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The following uses are subject to this proposed SNUR: Adhesives, sealants, and roof and non-roof coatings; arc chutes; beater- add gaskets; extruded sealant tape and other tape; filler for acetylene cylinders; high- grade electrical paper; millboard; missile liner; pipeline wrap; reinforced plastics; roofing felt; separators in fuel cells and batteries; vinyl-asbestos floor tile; and any other building material (other than cement).

This draft indicates that Persons subject to the significant new use rule (SNUR) would be required to notify EPA for a significant new use and it would be not possible to begin the manufacturing until EPA has conducted a review, determination and actions about the notice.

Click here for getting the notification with reference G/TBT/NUSA/1370  through European Commission website.