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ECHA’s committees conclude on two restrictions and 15 harmonised classification and labelling opinions


The Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted its opinion on granules and mulches used as infill material in synthetic turf pitches or in loose forms on playgrounds. The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) adopted its opinion on the restriction proposal on N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF).

Helsinki, 24 September 2019 – SEAC adopted its final opinion on the restriction proposal by the Netherlands to not place the granules and mulches in question on the market if the sum of the listed polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the materials is more than 20 mg/kg.

RAC and SEAC supported the restriction proposal by Italy to restrict the uses of the N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) on its own or in mixtures in a concentration equal or greater than 0.3 %. A public consultation on the agreed SEAC opinion will begin soon and the committee is expected to adopt an opinion at its December meeting.

RAC has adopted 15 opinions on harmonised classification and labelling, including opinions on 12 active substances used in biocidal products and/or plant protection products and three industrial chemicals.

RAC agreed on five draft opinions on authorisation applications for uses of chromium trioxide, coal tar pitch, high temperature and octylphenol ethoxylates. SEAC agreed on 18 draft opinions on uses of chromium (VI) substances, coal tar pitch, high temperature, and octyl- and nonylphenol ethoxylates. Furthermore, RAC and SEAC discussed key issues in 27 applications for authorisation, which were received by ECHA in May 2019. More information about the opinions is available in the annex.

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