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Monday, August 6, 2018

Europe - REACH

New database on Candidate List substances in articles


On 11th  July, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that they will establish a database on the presence of hazardous chemicals in articles by the end 2019.
This information will be provided by companies producing, importing and selling articles that contain candidate list substances. This information will be able to be consulted by waste treatment operators and consumers.
The aim will be to improve the management of waste and help consumers to get information about hazardous substances in the articles they buy.
Click here for seeing the ECHA’s news.



Europe - REACH


Intention of restriction for TCEP, TCPP and TDCP

ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) has published the intention to restrict the following organophosphate flame retardants in childcare articles and residential upholstered furniture. Mattresses for adults and other textiles may be included too.
Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP) (EC 204-118-5)
Tris(2-chloro-1-methylethyl) phosphate (TCPP)  (EC 237-158-7)
Tris[2-chloro-1-(chloromethyl)ethyl] phosphate (TDCP) (EC 237-159-2)

Expected date of submission will be on 12th April 2019.

Click here for going to the registry of restriction intentions in ECHA’s website.


Expected date of submission will be on 12th April 2019.

Click here for going to the registry of restriction intentions in ECHA’s 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

July 2018

Substance evaluation conclusion document – CoRAP:

  • Diisotridecyl adipate (EC 247-660-8; CAS 26401-35-4), added to the CoRAP list in 2013 and evaluated by Spain


Substbace evaluation information

July 2018

Preparation of Annex XV restriction dossier concerning perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid, its salts and related substances (EC -, CAS -) by Norway.
The deadline for submitting  information  is 22 August 2018.

Click here for going the Call for evidence




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

July 2018

Intention to harmonise the classification and labelling for:

  • Methyl salicylate (EC 204-317-7; CAS 119-36-8
  • Isoxaflutole (ISO); 5-cyclopropyl-1,2-oxazol-4-yl α,α,α- trifluoro-2-mesyl-p-tolyl ketone (EC 604-222-4; CAS 141112-29-0)
  • carfentrazone-ethyl (ISO); ethyl (RS)-2-chloro-3-[2-chloro- 4-fluoro-5-[4-difluoromethyl-4,5-dihydro-3-methyl-5-oxo-1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-yl]phenyl]propionate (EC -, CAS 128639-02-1)
  • clofentezine (ISO); 3,6-bis(o-chlorophenyl)-1,2,4,5-tetrazine (EC 277-728-2, CAS 74115-24-5)
  • N-(2-nitrophenyl)phosphoric triamide (EC 477-690-9, CAS 874819-71-3)

Proposals to harmonise the classification and labelling for:

  • triticonazole (ISO); (RS)-(E)-5-(4-chlorobenzylidene)-2,2-dimethyl-1-(1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-ylmethyl)cyclopentanol (EC 603-543-7, CAS 131983-72-7)
  • diflufenican (ISO); N-(2,4-difluorophenyl)-2-[3-(trifluoromethyl)phenoxy]-3-pyridinecarboxamide (EC 617-446-2, CAS 83164-33-4)

Two intentions have been withdrawn, for:

  • empenthrin (ISO); 1-ethynyl-2-methylpent-2-enyl 2,2-dimethyl-3-(2-methylprop-1-enyl)cyclopropanecarboxylate (EC 687-638-9, CAS 918500-11-5)
  • iprodione (ISO); 3-(3,5-dichlorophenyl)-N-isopropyl-2,4-dioxoimidazolidine-1-carboxamide (EC 253-178-9, CAS 36734-19-7)

Click here for the Registry of CLH intentions until outcome

July 2018

Proporsal for the harmonised classification and labelling:

  • pyrithione zinc; (T-4)-bis[1-(hydroxy-.kappa.O)pyridine-2(1H)-thionato-.kappa.S]zinc (EC 236-671-3; CAS 13463-41-7)

The consortium submitted this new information to ECHA on 6 July 2018 and 13 July 2018.
All interested parties are invited to submit comments on the subject of the targeted consultation  by 1 August 2018.

Click here for the Harmonised classification and labelling targeted consultations

July 2018

Harmonised classification and labelling proposals in public consultation:

  • 2,2-dibromo-2-cyanoacetamide; [DBNPA]  (CAS number: 10222-01-2) is an active substance used as a disinfectant and preservative in biocidal products
  • BENZYL SALICYLATE (CAS number 118-58-1) is an industrial chemical mainly used as an ultraviolet-absorbing substance in air care products, as a biocide (e.g. disinfectant, pest control product), and in perfumes and fragrances, polishes and waxes, and washing and cleaning products
  • Tolclofos-methyl (ISO); O-(2,6-dichloro-p-tolyl) O,O-dimethyl thiophosphate. (CAS number: 57018-04-9) is an active substance used in plant protection products as a fungicide
  • trinickel disulphide nickel subsulfide; heazlewoodite  (CAS number: 12035-72-2/ 12035-71-1) ]) is an industrial chemical mainly used in articles, in formulation or re-packing

The deadline for comments is 18 September 2018

Click here to check Harmonised classification and labelling public consultations

July 2018

The European Commission notified to World Trade Organization (WTO) the draft regulation for an adaptation to technical progress of Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.
The aim of this draft regulation is to adapt the technical provisions and criteria in the Annexes to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008  to the 6th and 7th revised edition of the GHS.

Click here for getting the draft with reference G/TBT/N/EU/586

July 2018

Publication of Questions and answers on the unique formula identifier (UFI) in ECHA’s Poison centres websites.

Questions and Answers

June 2018

ECHA published a practical guide for the European product categorization system (EuPCS).

Click here for getting the guide






Overview Report on endocrine disrupting chemicals

On 26th June,  the International Panel on Chemical Pollution (IPCP) published three reports on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) project that was launched in 2016.


The reports are:

  • Overview Report I: Worldwide initiatives to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and potential EDCs
  • Overview Report II: An overview of current scientific knowledge on the life cycles, environmental exposures, and environmental effects of select endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and potential EDCs
  • Overview Report III: Existing national, regional and global regulatory frameworks addressing Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)





Public consultation on risk and genotoxicity assessment of chemical mixtures


On 26th June the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published several draft guidance documents on risk and genotoxicity assessment of chemical mixtures.

The public consultation on these documents is opened. The drafts are:

  • Draft guidance on harmonised methodologies for human health, animal health and ecological risk assessment of combined exposure to multiple chemicals. (Deadline: 15th September)
  • Draft statement on genotoxicity assessment of chemical mixtures. (Deadline: 9th September)






Identification and restriccion of microplastics

On 11th July  The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) published  a “Note on substance identification and the potential scope of a restriction on uses of ‘microplastics".

In this document ECHA made a summary of the microplastics definition and what steps the Agency will take to refine its understanding on key unresolved issues as it concludes its investigation by January 2019.
Click here for getting the ECHA’s note.






New Brexit White paper

In July, the United Kingdom published a new Brexit White Paper communicating, within others, the following main points related to European Chemical legislation:

  • UK businesses could continue to register chemical substances directly, rather than working through an EU-based only representative
  • All authorisations and registrations completed before the end of the implementation period should continue to be recognized as valid in both the UK and the EU
  • Businesses go through only one approval mechanism to access both EU and UK markets

 Click here for getting the new Brexit White paper.





State updates for flame retardants


Nowadays several states are working to ban flame retardants in products for children under 12 and in all upholstered residential furniture. Below a summary (non-exhaustive) with some main recent updates:

From 1st July 2018, the “Minnesota Statutes Chapter 325F.071- Flame retardant chemicals; Prohibition” is of application.
This legislation restricts the use of four flame retardants in products for children under 12 years and in upholstered residential furniture.
Manufacturers and wholesalers must comply with the limits ≤1000 ppm of the following flame retardants:

  • Tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate (TDCPP, Chemical Abstracts Service #13674-87-8)
  • Decabromodiphenyl ether (deca-BDE, CAS #1163-19-5)
  • Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD, CAS #25637-99-4)
  • Tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP, CAS #115-96-8)

Retailers have until on 1st July 2019 to comply with these same requirements.

Click here for reading more information in the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

Massachusetts' senate has approved a bill (S2555) to ban the following flame retardants in residential upholstered furniture, bedding, carpeting, window treatments and products intended for children less than 12 years old, if they contain more than 1000 ppm.

  • tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate (TDCPP)
  • tris(2-chloroethyl)phosphate (TCEP)
  • antimony trioxide
  • hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)
  • bis(2-ethylhexyl)-3,4,5,6-tetrabromophthalate (TBPH)
  • 2-ethylhexyl-2,3,4,5-tetrabromobenzoate (TBB)
  • chlorinated paraffins
  • tris(1-chloro-2-propyl)phosphate (TCPP)
  • pentaBDE
  • octaBDE
  • tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA)

The ban would not apply to products manufactured before 1 January 2019.

Washington is working to develop policy recommendations on six flame retardants: TPP, TCPP, TBPH, V6, IPTPP and TBB.

At national level, CPSC is working in a rulemaking to ban the use of organohalogen flame retardants in furniture, children's products, mattresses and external cases of electronics.




US - California

California Proposition 65 Reformulations (July, 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

Portable lighting products


90ppm and/or 1.0ug of Lead
5000ppm (before 2019.12.31) of phthalates
1000ppm (on and after 2020.01.01) of phthalates
Labelling is not allowed

San Francisco Superior Court CGC-18-564803

Thermal paper


10 ppm
Labelling is not allowed

Alameda County Superior Court RG16834949

PureGear Cellphone cases


3 ppm
Products exceed the limit shall utilize a warning statement

Out of court

Microphone product


1000 ppm
Products exceed the limit shall utilize a warning statement

Los Angeles County Superior Court BC702370

Chair cover


1000 ppm
Products exceed the limit shall utilize a warning statement

Alameda County Superior Court - Hayward RG18897260