New consultations for harmonised classification and labelling launched

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has launched two public consultations on harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) proposals for isopropyl (2E,4E,7S)-11-methoxy-3,7,11-trimethyldodeca-2,4-dienoate; S-methoprene (CAS 65733-16-6) and acetaldehyde; ethanal (CAS 75-07-0).

  • S-methoprene does not have an existing harmonised classification and the dossier submitter, Ireland, proposes environmental classification. S-methoprene is used in biocidal products as an insecticide.
  • Acetaldehyde; ethanal has an existing harmonised classification, including for carcinogenicity. The Netherlands proposes to upgrade the existing classification for carcinogenicity and also to add germ cell mutagenicity. Acetaldehyde is common in nature as a plant metabolite (e.g. in coffee, bread and ripe fruit). In humans it is produced in small amounts, for instance, during the breakdown of ethanol. It is also present in tobacco smoke and in workplace, indoors, and ambient environments. It is largely manufactured as an intermediate in the production of industrial chemicals, products and articles as well as to process or preserve food products.

The final date for submitting comments for both substances is 11 September 2015. Further information is available at: Current CLH consultations

ECHA enews, 29 July 2015 ; ;