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RAC adopts five scientific opinions on harmonised classification and labelling and one opinion on a restriction proposal

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The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) has adopted the following opinions on proposals for restriction and harmonised classification and labelling across Europe.

Helsinki, 20 June 2012

P-tert-butylphenol

RAC agreed with the proposal from Norway to classify p-tert-butylphenol as seriously damaging the eye, irritating to skin and as toxic to reproduction.

The classification and labelling of this substance had so far not been harmonised at EU level.

P-tert-butylphenol is mainly used as a monomer in chemical synthesis.

Acrolein

Acrolein already has a harmonised classification as flammable liquid, as acutely toxic, skin corrosive and as acutely toxic to the aquatic environment. RAC agreed with the proposal from the UK to classify acrolein as acutely toxic through the oral, dermal and inhalation routes, as corrosive to skin without specifying the sub-category but with a specific concentration limit of 0.1%.  In relation to the aquatic environment, RAC considered that a classification for acute and chronic toxicity is warranted together with the proposed acute and chronic M-Factor.

Acrolein is used in the synthesis of other chemicals and as a biocide.

Fluazinam

RAC agreed with the proposal from Austria to classify fluazinam as acutely toxic through the inhalation route, sensitising to skin, toxic to reproduction as well as seriously damaging the eye. RAC also agreed that the substance should be classified for acute and chronic toxicity for the aquatic environment. However, RAC did not recommend classifying fluazinam as irritating to skin and to the respiratory tract. The classification and labelling of this substance had so far not been harmonised at EU level.

Fluazinam is used as a fungicide.

Dioctyltin bis(2-ethylhexyl mercaptoacetate)

RAC agreed with the proposal from Industry to classify dioctyltin bis(2-ethylhexyl mercaptoacetate) as toxic to reproduction, however, recommended a more severe category. The classification and labelling of this substance had so far not been harmonised at EU level.

Dioctyltin bis(2-ethylhexyl mercaptoacetate) is used as a stabiliser in plastics.

Ethylbenzene

Ethylbenzene already has a harmonised classification as acutely toxic and as flammable liquid. RAC agreed with the proposal from Germany to classify ethylbenzene as toxic through repeated exposure and as toxic upon aspiration.

Ethylbenzene is used as an intermediate in the production of styrene.

Four phthalates (DEHP, DBP, BBP, and DIBP)

RAC adopted by consensus its opinion concluding that the Danish restriction proposal for four classified phthalates (DEHP, DBP, BBP, and DIBP) in articles is not justified. 

For more information please see the press release ECHA/PR/12/15

Further information

Background information

The role of RAC in EU regulatory processes:

RAC is responsible for preparing the opinion of the Agency on proposals for harmonised classification and labelling, proposals for restrictions and applications for authorisation. 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:
http://echa.europa.eu/about-us/who-we-are/committee-for-risk-assessment

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