RAC concludes on two restrictions, discusses applications for authorisation and adopts harmonised classification and labelling opinions


ECHA's Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) has concluded on bisphenol A and decaBDE restrictions. The Committee has also evaluated four applications for authorisation and agreed on eight draft opinions for individual uses, as well as adopting eight opinions on harmonised classification and labelling.

Helsinki, 11 June 2015

Restriction proposal on bisphenol A

RAC's adopted opinion supports the French proposal to restrict the placing on the market of bisphenol A–containing thermal paper (e.g., point of sale tickets and receipts). RAC considered that the risk for workers (e.g., cashiers) handling thermal paper is not adequately controlled. Significantly, RAC did not identify a risk for consumers.

Following on from the RAC opinion, the Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) will continue its discussion on the proposed restriction on bisphenol A in September 2015. SEAC's final opinion can be expected in December 2015.

Restriction proposal on decaBDE           

RAC adopted its opinion, in support of the proposal of ECHA to restrict the use of decaBDE as a flame retardant in substances, mixtures and articles. DecaBDE was identified as a SVHC and included in the Candidate List as persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic/very persistent, very bioaccumulative (PBT/vPvB). These properties as well as the concern that the substance can be transformed into lower congeners which also have PBT/vPvB properties plus the widespread occurrence in the environment and wildlife are at the heart of the proposal. Another potential impact, in addition to the PBT/vPvB concerns, is that exposure to decaBDE may result in neurotoxicity in mammals, including humans.

Applications for authorisation

RAC agreed on seven draft opinions on seven uses of trichloroethylene. The Committee also agreed on the draft opinion on the industrial use of lead chromate in the manufacture of pyrotechnical delay devices contained in ammunition for naval self-protection.

RAC also agreed on the two further reference values, namely a carcinogenicity dose-response relationship for 1,2-dichloroethane (EDC) and a DNEL for bis(2-methoxyethyl) ether (Diglyme).

Harmonised classification and labelling

The Committee also adopted eight opinions on harmonised classification and labelling.

Further information

The opinions will be available at the following link in the near future: