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Name
Medium-chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCP)
EC Number
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CAS Number
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Start of consultation
23/02/2022
Deadline for providing input
25/03/2022
Subject of the call
Call for evidence to support the preparation of a restriction proposal on medium-chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCP) and other substances that may contain ‘chloroalkanes with carbon chain lengths within the range from C14 to C17’
Objective of the call
Following the request from the Commission, ECHA is preparing a restriction dossier on the manufacture, use (industrial, professional, consumer) and placing on the market of substances, mixtures and articles containing medium chain chlorinated paraffins.

ECHA’s investigation is not limited to the four substances listed in the candidate list under the term ‘MCCP’, but covers a broad range of substances containing ‘chloroalkanes with carbon chain lengths within the range from C14 to C17’. An indicative list of substances under investigation, and for which the presence of ‘chloroalkanes with carbon chain lengths within the range from C14 to C17’ is suspected, is available in the ‘related documents’ tab below.

The Member State Committee agreed on 15 June 2021 on the identification of ‘MCCP (defined as UVCB substances consisting of more than or equal to 80% linear chloroalkanes with carbon chain lengths within the range from C14 to C17)’ as substance of very high concern (SVHC) on the basis of its identification as persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) and very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB). In addition the Member States Committee also concluded that other substances may contain ‘MCCP’ constituents/congener groups with PBT- and/or vPvB-properties, and that such substances could also be considered to meet the REACH Annex XIII criteria for a PBT and/or vPvB substance if these constituents/congener groups are present in a concentration ≥ 0.1 % (w/w).

Similarly, the United Kingdom also submitted a proposal for listing some chlorinated paraffins (i.e. chloralkanes) with carbon chain lengths in the range C14-17 in the Annexes to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). This proposal might lead to an elimination or a restriction of the production and use of some chloroalkanes with carbon chain lengths within the range from C14 to C17 under the Convention.

In view of these concerns, and in order to reduce the releases and exposures of PBT and/or vPvB substances into the environment, ECHA is considering proposing a ban as the default EU-wide risk management option.

ECHA is looking for data and information on the risk management measures and waste management measures at industrial (downstream user) sites, the recycling of articles containing ‘chloroalkanes with carbon chain lengths within the range from C14 to C17’, and the use in PVC. We are inviting interested parties to provide feedback on elements concluded from the previous call for evidence and presented in the background note.

The information gathered through this call for evidence will be used to assess the risks posed by the presence of some chloroalkanes with carbon chain lengths within the range from C14 to C17 in substances, mixtures, and articles, and the socio-economic impacts of restriction option(s) to address the identified risks.
Target group
This call for evidence is intended for interested parties such as private companies (manufacturers, suppliers, recyclers, downstream users, distributors, importers etc.), trade associations, scientific organisations, NGOs and other stakeholders or Member State Authorities holding relevant information. Both EU/EEA and non-EU stakeholders are encouraged to participate.

Please note that the information already submitted during the consultation on the SVHC identification proposal for MCCP (between 11/11/2020 and 15/12/2020), and during the previous call for evidence (between 06/10/2021 and 28/11/2021) is already taken into account and should not be submitted again.

Information provided via separate and targeted sector stakeholder consultations organised by our consultants also do not need to be submitted again.
Related documents
List of substances under investigation
Background note
Background note