EU notifies WTO of CMR substances added to Annex VII of REACH

The European Union has notified the World Trade Organisation (WTO) of a draft Commission Regulation to include substances recently classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic and reproductive (CMR) category 1A and 1B under CLP within the scope of entries 28 to 30 of Annex XVII of REACH. The substances make up more than 20 entries, including cadmium compounds and formaldehyde reaction products. The action has the effect of restricting their placement on the market, or use for supply to the general public as substances on their own, as constituents of other substances, or in mixtures. It also imposes the requirement of marking packaging with the label “restricted to professional users”. The proposed date of adoption is the first quarter of 2018. The proposed date of entry into force is 20 days from publication in the Official Journal of the EU. In accordance with Article 2(2) of the Act, the restriction will apply to formaldehyde from the date of entry into force of the Regulation and to the other substances from 1 December 2018. The final date for comments is 60 days from the 28 July notification. Further Information is available at:

Chemical Watch, 1 August 2017 ; http://chemicalwatch.com