Importers to EU Need to complete their applications 18 months prior to the sunset date!
By Scott Sagamang, Green Services technical expert at TÜV Rheinland
Manufacturers of chemicals and users of chemical substances that import products to the European Union (EU) will now need to prepare their authorization applications before the last application date as defined in Annex XIV or the use of that substance will be prohibited.
The Commission of the EU has amended the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of chemicals REACH regulation, adding eight substances deemed carcinogenic or toxic for reproduction. The new restrictions will take effect according to the transitional agreements as defined in Annex XIV.
The new carcinogenic substances include diarsenic trioxide, diarsenic pentaoxide and 2,4-dinitrotuluene (2,4-DNT).
The substances toxic for reproduction include diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) and tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP).
Lead chromate, lead sulfochromate yellow and lead chromate molybdate sulphate red are carcinogenic and toxic for reproduction.
The changes affect the list of chemicals identified in Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006. The addition of these substances was first recommended by the European Chemicals Agency in December 2010. The changes were published in The Official Journal of the European Union in February 2012.
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If you have any questions about how the new regulation will affect you, post your question here or email Scott Sagamang.