Newsflash | Europe | Proposal for the restriction of skin sensitizing substances in textile, leather, fur and hide
Friday, September 20, 2019
Proposal for the restriction of skin sensitizing substances in textile, leather, fur and hide
As already announced in our Eurofins News Flash June 2019 edition, on 24th April 2019, ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) published a restriction proposal for skin sensitisers in textiles and leather articles.
This proposal was jointly drawn up by Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) and the French agency ANSES with the aim of protecting consumers from the risk of skin allergies. This proposal arises from the work of these two entities faced with cases of skin allergies detected and linked to this kind of products.
As part of the opinion-making process, on 19th June 2019, ECHA opened an Annex XV report public consultation inviting interested parties to comment on the proposal by 19th December 2019.
In parallel to the public consultation, Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) will carry out further risk assessment and socio-economic analysis.
Following this consultation stage, the ECHA Committees will formulate an opinion which will be sent to the European Commission to decide on the adoption of this restriction. If this proposal is finally adopted, it will be included in Annex XVII of REACH Regulation No. 1907/2006 and will, therefore, be mandatory for textiles, hides and furs intended to come into direct and prolonged contact with the skin and placed on the market in Europe.
Click here for getting the ECHA restriction publication.