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Public consultations on alternatives to the uses of diarsenic trioxide, and lead chromate pigments Yellow 34 and Red 104 have opened

ECHA/NA/14/04

The consultations for applications for authorisation close on 9 April 2014 (23:59 Helsinki time). Contributions on feasible alternatives to the uses applied for are welcome as soon as possible.

Helsinki, 12 February 2014 – ECHA received four applications for authorisation for the uses of diarsenic trioxide, lead sulfochromate yellow (C.I. Pigment Yellow 34) and lead chromate molybdate sulphate red (C.I. Pigment Red 104).

Substance name

Uses applied for

Diarsenic trioxide

  • Use of diarsenic trioxide in the purification of metal impurities from the leaching solution in a zinc electrowinning process
  • Industrial use of diarsenic trioxide to produce a copper concentrate in the purification of the leaching solution in a zinc electrowinning process 
  • Formulation of diarsenic trioxide into a mixture
  • Industrial use of diarsenic trioxide as a processing aid in gold electroplating

Lead sulfochromate yellow (C.I. Pigment Yellow 34)

  • Distribution and mixing pigment powder in an industrial environment into solvent-based paints for non-consumer use
  • Industrial application of paints on metal surfaces (such as machines vehicles, structures, signs, road furniture, coil coating etc.)
  • Professional, non-consumer application of paints on metal surfaces (such as machines, vehicles, structures, signs, road furniture etc.) or as road marking
  • Distribution and mixing pigment powder in an industrial environment into liquid or solid premix to colour plastic/plasticised articles for non-consumer use
  • Industrial use of solid or liquid colour premixes and pre-compounds containing pigment to colour plastic or plasticised articles for non-consumer use
  • Professional use of solid or liquid colour premixes and pre-compounds containing pigment in the application of hot melt road marking

Lead chromate molybdate sulphate red (C.I. Pigment Red 104)

  • Distribution and mixing pigment powder in an industrial environment into solvent-based paints for non-consumer use
  • Industrial application of paints on metal surfaces (such as machines vehicles, structures, signs, road furniture, coil coating etc.)
  • Professional, non-consumer application of paints on metal surfaces (such as machines, vehicles, structures, signs, road furniture etc.) or as road marking
  • Distribution and mixing pigment powder in an industrial environment into liquid or solid premix to colour plastic/plasticised articles for non-consumer use
  • Industrial use of solid or liquid colour premixes and pre-compounds containing pigment to colour plastic or plasticised articles for non-consumer use
  • Professional use of solid or liquid colour premixes and pre-compounds containing pigment in the application of hot melt road marking

 

ECHA's website gives further information on the uses applied for. This includes the description of the function of the substance, exposures scenarios, possible alternatives identified by the applicant, together with socio-economic and other background information.

Comments can be submitted using a form on ECHA's website. ECHA publishes the comments received as well as the applicant's responses to the comments – unless the information needs to be treated as confidential.  

The ECHA Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) review and consider the comments in their opinion-making process. Based on the Committees' final opinions, the European Commission will take a decision on whether or not to grant the applicants an authorisation for the uses applied for.

Further information

Information on the ongoing public consultations and the consultation process for applications for authorisation:

Status of applications received / on going consultations etc.

More information on the applications for authorisation process under the REACH Regulation