ECHA has launched a consultation on six applications for authorisation covering 11 uses of:
chromium trioxide (EC 215-607-8, CAS 1333-82-0) used in etching as a pre-treatment step in the electroplating processes of plastic substrates; in functional chrome plating of different types of substrates (including functional chrome plating for decorative purposes); as a colouring and hardening agent for stainless steel plates.
bis(2-methoxyethyl) ether (Diglyme) (EC 203-924-4, CAS 111-96-6) used as a carrier solvent in the formulation and subsequent application of sodium naphthalide etchant for fluoropolymer surface modification.
More information about the uses applied for, including the function of the substance, exposure scenarios, possible alternatives identified by the applicants, together with socio-economic information, is available on ECHA's website.
Deadlines for updating registration dossiers clarified
The European Commission has clarified the meaning of ‘without undue delay’ in an implementing regulation, which has now received a favourable vote by all Member States. Companies are responsible for updating their registrations with relevant new information, on their own initiative, without undue delay.
Foreseen deadlines for the different types of updates will become applicable after the publication of the implementing regulation, expected later this year. ECHA is preparing further information for registrants, including an update of the guidance on registration.
Diisocyanates should not be used on their own or as a constituent in other substances or in mixtures for industrial and professional uses in concentrations above 0.1 % by weight after 24 August 2023. Placing on the market will be restricted earlier – as of 24 February 2022.
Diisocyanates are respiratory and skin sensitisers. They are mainly used to make polyurethane products, such as foams, sealants and coatings. Restricting their use is estimated to prevent over 3 000 new cases of occupational asthma per year in the EU. Read more about the conditions of the restriction in the Commission Regulation.
Member States back restriction of hazardous substances in tattoo inks and permanent make-up
Member States have voted by written procedure in favour of restricting hazardous substances in tattoo inks and permanent make-up following the REACH Committee meeting in June. The Commission proposal will still be scrutinised by the Council of the European Union and European Parliament before it can be adopted.
The European Commission has published the 15th adaptation to technical progress (ATP) to the CLP Regulation. It amends Annex VI to CLP, adding 37 new entries, revising 21 entries and deleting two entries.
Five EU countries accept poison centres notification through ECHA's portal
You can now notify your hazardous mixtures to Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Lithuania and Slovenia through ECHA's Submission portal. By January 2021, most EU countries will only accept poison centre notifications through the ECHA portal. Find the contact details of all national authorities on the national support page.