Application of New EU Chemical Regulations will be Launched in 2015

Original Article from CIRS

On 23 December 2014, EU Commission published an outline of the regulations that will be applied in 2015, which includes the revision of REACH and CLP regulation.

The revision of Annex XVII is included, which adds 9 new substances into the carcinogenic, mutagenic or repro-toxic (CMR) substance list. The revision will come into force on 1 January 2015. After then, the products that contain these substances will not be allowed to sell to general customers with a certain concentration limit. The 9 substances include:

  • Hydrogen treated naphtha;
  • Nitrobenzene;
  • n-ethyl-2-pyrrolidone;
  • 2-ethylhexyl 10-ethyl-4,4-dioctyl-7-oxo-8-oxa-3,5-dithia-4-stannatetradecanoate;Gallium arsenide;
  • Dihexyl phthalate;
  • Perfluorooctanoic acid;
  • Epoxiconazole; and
  • Ammonium pentadecafluorootanoate.

Moreover, the restriction on the use of chromium VI in the leather products will come into force on 1 May 2015. The restriction on the use of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) will come into force on 27 December 2015.

Measures for the classification and labeling of chemicals will come into force on 1 June 2015:

  • Reclassification and relabeling will be required regarding to the EU CLP Regulation;
  • The second adaptation to technical progress (ATP) will be introduced for mixtures;
  • According to CLP Regulation, the transition periods under several measures will be ended, which include laws referring to paints, detergents, electric and electronic equipment and worker’s protection.

The cosmetic products regulation annex will also be revised, which will be into force from 16 April 2015. The contents include:

  • For regular cosmetics, the maximum concentration limit of propylparaben and butylparaben will be reduced;
  • For “leave-on products” such as infant nappy, the use of propylparaben and butylparaben will be banned;
  • For “leave-on products” such as body cream, the use of the mixture of methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone (MCI/MI) will be banned (after 16 July 2015), but it can still be used for “rinse-off products” with a certain concentration limit.

In the measures for food contact plastics in the EU Regulation, the provision regarding to the additives that are used in plastic layers or plastic coatings in caps and closures will come into force from 31 December 2015.

If you would like to know more about how to comply with the new revised regulations, CIRS is here to help you solve your problems and help you get a fast market access. Should you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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