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RAC concludes on PFOA restriction

ECHA/NA/15/30

The Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) also finalises two opinions for authorisation, and adopts six opinions on harmonised classification and labelling.

Helsinki, 15 September 2015 - RAC adopted its opinion, in support of the proposal by Germany and Norway to restrict the manufacture, marketing and use of PFOA, its salts and PFOA-related substances, as well as of articles and mixtures containing these substances.

RAC also adopted the final opinion on authorisation concerning the use of trichloroethylene in industrial parts cleaning by vapour degreasing. In addition, the committee adopted the final opinion on authorisation of the industrial use of lead chromate in the manufacture of pyrotechnical delay devices contained in ammunition for naval self-protection.

The details of these opinons and six adopted opinions for harmonised classification and labelling are available in the attached Annex.

Background information

The role of RAC in EU regulatory processes

The Committee is responsible for preparing the opinion of the Agency on applications for authorisation, proposals for restrictions and proposals for harmonised classification and labelling. RAC also prepares opinions on specific questions relating to risks of chemicals to human health or the environment and on any other aspects concerning the safety of substances at the Executive Director's request. The final decision for proposals for harmonised classification and labelling, for proposals for restrictions as well as on applications for authorisation will be taken by the European Commission through a committee procedure.

Further information about RAC is available on the ECHA website.