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Highlights from November RAC and SEAC meetings

The Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted its opinion supporting France’s proposal to restrict creosote and related substances. The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) adopted eight opinions on harmonised classification and labelling. One of these concerns tea-tree oil, where the committee recommends adding reproductive toxicity as the most stringent classification.

ECHA identifies risks from PVC additives and microparticle releases

The European Chemicals Agency’s investigation found that some substances added to polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, like plasticisers, may pose risks to people and the environment. To limit the use of these additives and to minimise releases of PVC microparticles, regulatory action would be necessary.

One in three checked biocidal products found to be non-compliant

EU-wide enforcement project found about 60 active substances in biocidal products that are not allowed on the EU, EEA and Swiss markets. One in three of the checked products did not comply with at least one of the checked legal requirements.



Applications for authorisation
Consultations: 10
  • Start date: 15/11/2023
  • Deadline: 10/01/2024
Calls for comments and evidence
Substances: 1
  • Start date: 15/11/2023
  • Deadline: 10/01/2024
Testing proposals
Testing proposals: 4
  • Start date: 03/11/2023
  • Deadline: 18/12/2023
Testing proposals: 17
  • Start date: 04/12/2023
  • Deadline: 18/01/2024


Harmonised classification and labelling
CLH proposals: 1
  • Start date: 16/10/2023
  • Deadline: 15/12/2023
CLH proposals: 2
  • Start date: 06/11/2023
  • Deadline: 12/01/2024
CLH proposals: 4
  • Start date: 20/11/2023
  • Deadline: 19/01/2024


Derogation to the exclusion criteria
Active substances: 1
  • Start date: 03/11/2023
  • Deadline: 04/01/2024
Potential candidates for substitution
Active substance: 3
  • Start date: 03/11/2023
  • Deadline: 04/01/2024
Active substance: 1
  • Start date: 21/11/2023
  • Deadline: 22/01/2024


Consultations on OEL proposal
OEL proposals: 1
  • Start date: 31/10/2023
  • Deadline: 12/01/2024


There are currently no ongoing consultations.