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ECHA Opens Public Consultations for Harmonised Classifications of Five Substances

Posted on: August 15, 2019

by Dr. Eleanor Grimes

Chemicals with labels - ECHA Opens Public Consultations for Harmonised Classifications of Five SubstancesThe public has until October 11th 2019 to comment on proposed harmonised classifications for five new substances. The substances, listed below, include Benzophenone, which is widely used in the coatings, printing and inks industry as it prevents the degradation of pigments in products, and the potato blight fungicide Fluopicolide.

For substances of particular concern, one measure used to manage risk is enforcement of harmonised classification and labeling; these chemicals form Annex VI to the EU CLP (Classification, Labeling and Packaging) Regulation, (EC) No 1272/2008. Prior to a substance being included in the Annex VI list of chemicals, or having an existing harmonised classification updated, a series of steps must be completed, one of which is a public consultation. The public consultation is open to all interested parties, and any comments provided are published on the ECHA website. Once the consultation period is over, these comments, along with the initial submission dossier, are evaluated by the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC), before an opinion is developed and sent to the European Commission for inclusion into Annex VI.

 

ECHA submission timeline - ECHA Opens Public Consultations for Harmonised Classifications of Five Substances

 

The five substances that have proposed new or updated harmonised classifications:

Name CAS EC Hazard classes open for comment Uses Status
Trimethylolpropane triacrylate 15625-89-5 239-701-3 Germ cell mutagenicity
Carcinogenicity
Hazardous to the aquatic environment
Industrial chemical used in the inks, coatings and plastics industry Revised
4,4′-Oxydi(benzenesulphonohydrazide) 80-51-3 201-286-1 Explosives
Flammable solids
Self-reactive substances
Pyrophoric solids
Self-heating substances
Substances which in contact with water emit flammable gases
Oxidising solids
Organic peroxides
Hazardous to the aquatic environment
Industrial chemical used in the plastics industry New
Benzophenone 119-61-9 204-337-6 Carcinogenicity Industrial chemical used to prevent the degradation of scents and colourants in a wide range of industries New
Fluopicolide 239110-15-7 607-285-6 Acute toxicity
Skin corrosion/irritation
Serious eye damage/eye irritation
Respiratory sensitisation
Skin sensitisation
Germ cell mutagenicity
Carcinogenicity
Reproductive toxicity
Specific target organ toxicity — single exposure
Specific target organ toxicity — repeated exposure
Aspiration hazard
Agricultural fungicide used to treat diseases such as potato blight New
Toluene-4-sulphonohydrazide 1576-35-8 216-407-3 Explosives
Flammable solids
Self-reactive substances
Pyrophoric solids
Self-heating substances
Substances which in contact with water emit flammable gases
Oxidising solids
Organic peroxides
Industrial chemical used in the plastics industry New

 

References:

List of consultations: https://echa.europa.eu/harmonised-classification-and-labelling-consultation

Consultation process : https://echa.europa.eu/regulations/clp/harmonised-classification-and-labelling

CLP: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1565705423060&uri=CELEX:32008R1272

 


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