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RAC concludes on 10 opinions for harmonised classification and labelling

ECHA/NA/17/23

The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) concluded on 10 opinions for harmonised classification and labelling, including cobalt metal, titanium dioxide and metaldehyde. RAC and the Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) also agreed on four draft opinions on two applications for authorisation and adopted one final opinion.

Helsinki, 27 September 2017 – RAC and SEAC agreed on four draft opinions on specific uses of chromium (VI) substances and 1,2-dichloroethane (EDC) under the authorisation procedure. The draft opinions will be sent to the applicants for comments before final adoption.

The Committees also finalised their work on one application for authorisation by adopting the opinion on the use of sodium dichromate as an in situ corrosion inhibitor in a closed water/ammonia absorption cooling system.

More information on the 10 adopted opinions on harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) is available in the annex.

RAC also began work on evaluating three dossiers prepared by ECHA on occupational exposure limits (OELs) for nickel and compounds, benzene and acrylonitrile.

This work has been requested by the Commission to support the development of binding OELs under the fourth wave amendment to Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work (CMD).

This work will continue at RAC 43 in November/December and is due to be reported to the Commission by 26 March 2018.

Further information

The opinions will be available on RAC's and SEAC’s web pages in the near future

Background information

The role of RAC in EU regulatory processes

RAC and SEAC are 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 at the link below:

Committee for Risk Assessment

Background information

Role of SEAC in EU regulatory processes

SEAC is responsible for preparing the opinion of the Agency on applications for authorisation and proposals for restrictions. SEAC also prepares opinions on specific questions relating to socio-economic issues and on any other aspects concerning the safety of substances on their own, in preparations or in articles at the Executive Director's request. The final decision 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 SEAC is available on the ECHA website at the link below:

Committee for Socio-economic Analysis