Considering the Corona crisis, the ECHA could extend the deadline when companies must provide specific information for a substance evaluation. The agency will monitor the situation and decide on specific measures if necessary.
As an ECHA spokesperson told Chemical Watch, the agency wants to maintain regular operations as best as possible, so it does not expect major delays.
The sunset dates that occur this year will not be changed. Accordingly, the following eight chemicals that have been classified as reprotoxic according to Category 1B may not be marketed or used after July 4, 2020 – unless an authorization is present:
- 1-bromopropane (n-propyl bromide), used in washing and cleaning products and in the manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment
- Diisopentylphthalate, found in cosmetics
- 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid di-C6-8-branched alkyl esters C7-rich, used in the manufacture of dyes, medicine, and perfume
- 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid; di-C7-11-branched and linear alkyl esters
- 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid; dipentylester, branched and linear
- Bis(2-methoxyethyl) phthalate, found in cosmetics
The sunset date is October 4, 2020 for the two chemicals classified as carcinogenic according to Category 1B and considered persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) as well as very persistent and very bioaccumulative: Anthracene oil and pitch (coal tar, high-temperature).
As planned, the REACH restrictions on 1-Methyl-2-Pyrrolidon (NMP) will take effect on May 9 and those for 33 carcinogenic, endocrine-disrupting, and reprotoxic (CMR) chemicals on November 1.
The ECHA has also published a Coronavirus update on events (use drop-down for English) for those who planned to attend.
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