Public consultations launched on CLH proposals for two borates and a pesticide


ECHA is seeking comments on harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) proposals for  two borates and the pesticide fenpyroximate. The public consultations will be open for 45 days and will end on 14 June 2013.

Helsinki, 30 April 2013 – The CLH proposals for the two borates disodium octaborate, anhydrate and disodium octaborate, tetrahydrate, have been submitted by the Netherlands. Neither substance has an existing harmonised classification and for both substances the dossier submitter is proposing classification for reproductive toxicity based on the adverse developmental and fertility effects observed in several species.

The CLH proposal for the pesticide fenpyroximate was submitted by the German competent authority. This substance also does not have a harmonised classification, and the proposal includes both health and environmental hazards.

The CLH reports and the dedicated webform to post the comments are available on the ECHA website. The comments received during the public consultation will be regularly published on the ECHA website during the 45-day consultation phase.

Table 1. The proposed harmonised classification and labelling and examples of uses of the substances.

Substance name EC number CAS number

Proposed harmonised classification and labelling

Examples of uses*

disodium octaborate, anhydrate



Reproductive toxicity

Specific concentration limit (SCL) for reproductive toxicity

Hazardous to the aquatic environment (DSD only)

Used as a chemical intermediate.

disodium octaborate, tetrahydrate



Reproductive toxicity

Specific concentration limit (SCL) for reproductive toxicity

Used as a biocidal active substance including  as a wood preservative.

fenpyroximate (ISO); tert-butyl 4-[({[(E)-(1,3-dimethyl-5-phenoxy-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)methylene]amino}oxy)methyl]benzoate



Acute toxicity

Eye irritation

Skin sensitisation

Hazardous to the aquatic environment

M-factors for  hazards to the aquatic environment

Used as an acaricide in agriculture, horticulture and viticulture.

* Please note that information on uses does not impact the classification and labelling, which is solely based on the intrinsic properties of a substance. Examples of uses are copied from the CLH report.