…Proposal for the restriction of octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5)

An Annex XV report submitted by the UK authorities proposes a restriction on the placing on the market or use of personal care (or cosmetic) products containing D4 or D5 at concentrations of 0.1% or more (by weight), that are washed off within a few minutes of use. This is due to the chemicals’ persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT), and/or very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB), nature.

European Chemicals Agency (2015). Annex XV restriction report. Proposal for a restriction. Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane, decamethylcyclopentasiloxane. Version 1.1. June 2015. http://echa.europa.eu/documents/10162/9a53a4d9-a641-4b7b-ad58-8fec6cf26229


…Fifteen substances to be added to ECHA’s Authorisation List

ECHA recommends that the following substances (or groups of substances) of very high concern (SVHCs) from its Candidate List should be added to its list of substances subject to authorisation (Annex XIV):

  • anthracene oil
  • four boron compounds: boric acid; anhydrous disodium tetraborate; diboron trioxide; and tetraboron disodium heptaoxide hydrate
  • 1-bromopropane
  • high temperature coal tar pitch
  • 4-nonylphenol ethoxylates (branched and linear)
  • seven phthalates: diisopentylphthalate; 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-8-branched alkyl esters, C7-rich; 1,2‑benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-11-branched and linear alkyl esters; 1,2‑benzenedicarboxylic acid, dipentylester, branched and linear; bis(2-methoxyethyl) phthalate; n-pentyl-isopentylphthalate; and dipentyl phthalate

Fourteen of these are classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMR); anthracene oil and high temperature coal tar pitch are, in addition, PBT and vPvB. 4‑Nonylphenol ethoxylates raise an “equivalent level of concern” due to their potential endocrine-disrupting properties.

European Chemicals Agency (2015). ECHA proposes 15 substances for authorisation. ECHA/PR/15/11. http://echa.europa.eu/view-article/-/journal_content/title/echa-proposes-15-substances-for-authorisation


…Other items of interest

About 200 substances from REACH registrations have been selected by ECHA for further scrutiny by Member State competent authorities to decide whether there is a need for regulatory action (e.g. compliance check, substance evaluation, harmonised classification and labelling, authorisation or restriction). http://echa.europa.eu/view-article/-/journal_content/title/echa-shortlists-substances-for-possible-regulatory-action

Beta version of the upcoming IUCLID 6 (due for full release in 2016) now available for testing. http://echa.europa.eu/view-article/-/journal_content/title/prepare-for-iuclid-6

Draft updates to the information requirements and chemical safety assessment (IR&CSA) guidance. Chapter R.12 (use description) sent to Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Forum for Exchange for Information on Enforcement; Chapter R.16 (environmental exposure assessment) sent to ECHA’s Partner Expert Group. http://echa.europa.eu/support/guidance/consultation-procedure/ongoing-reach?panel=r16v30

Report published on the use of REACH/CLP information at industrial sites. http://echa.europa.eu/documents/10162/3123708/use_of_reach_info_workshop_report_en.pdf

Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement starts a project (REF-5) focusing on extended safety data sheets, exposure scenarios, risk management measures and operational conditions. http://echa.europa.eu/view-article/-/journal_content/title/forum-starts-a-project-on-extended-safety-data-sheets-exposure-scenarios-risk-management-measures-and-operational-conditions

ECHA has analysed why registrants submitted 295 new higher tier studies on vertebrate animals without first seeking the Agency’s decision to permit such tests. http://echa.europa.eu/view-article/-/journal_content/title/echa-follows-up-on-registrants-obligations-to-consider-alternative-tests

Testing proposals involving vertebrate animals: request for information from third parties on 23 substances (deadline 10 August). http://echa.europa.eu/information-on-chemicals/testing-proposals/current


The above items were taken from the August 2015 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here)

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