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Highlights from September RAC and SEAC meetings

The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) adopted 19 opinions on harmonised classification and labelling, including the substances resorcinol, lithium salts and tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA), and the environmental properties of lead.

Helsinki, 22 September 2021 – RAC adopted and SEAC agreed on its draft opinion on a restriction proposal on substances in single-use baby diapers. The committees also discussed their opinions on the restriction proposal concerning lead in outdoor shooting and fishing, and SEAC also discussed its first opinion on the restriction proposal concerning Dechlorane plusTM.

Both committees agreed that the restriction proposal for 2,4-dinitrotoluene conforms to REACH requirements. A six-month stakeholder consultation will start on 22 September 2021.

The committees also agreed on four opinions on one application for authorisation for a use of chromium trioxide and three review reports on uses of 1,2-dichloroethane, trichloroethylene and chromium trioxide.

Altogether, RAC adopted 19 opinions on harmonised classification and labelling. The opinions include those for:

Plant protection products:

  • Clothianidin (ISO);
  • Cymoxanil (ISO);
  • Diuron (ISO);
  • Picolinafen (ISO); and

Industrial chemicals:

  • 1-phenylethan-1-one (1-phenylethylidene)hydrazone);
  • Basic Red 1;
  • benzyl alcohol;
  • dibutyltin maleate, dibutyltin oxide;
  • dimethylpropylphosphonate;
  • diphenyl(2,4,6-trimethylbenzoyl)phosphine oxide;
  • hydrogen sulphide;
  • lead (environmental properties (review under Article 77(3)c of REACH);
  • lithium chloride, lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide;
  • resorcinol;
  • TBBPA;
  • nonylphenol short, medium and long chain ethoxylates (NPEOs).

In addition, SEAC agreed on a document detailing its approach to assessing changes in producer surplus. The document will soon be published on ECHA’s website.

Lastly, the committees agreed on appointing new co-opted members to work with both committees for the next three years.

More details of the opinions are available in the annex.