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EU: REACH Annex XVII restriction on skin sensitising substances in textiles and leather was proposed

JUNE 2019 - Relevant for: SOFTlines

On 19 June 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched the 1st public consultation on the proposal to restrict skin sensitising substances in textiles and leather.

This proposed restriction aims to reduce the risk caused by the skin sensitising substances in the finished textiles, leather, hide and fur articles, e.g. clothing, footwear. The proposal covers the substances which are classified as skin sensitisers in Category 1 or 1A or 1B in Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008, as well as a list of disperse dyes that are indicated to have skin sensitising property.

All interested parties can comment on the proposal using the ECHA website until the end of the consultation period by 19 December 2019. The final opinion of ECHA is expected to be available by June 2020 and will be submitted to the European Commission (EC), which will decide whether to include this proposed restriction in REACH Annex XVII.

Table A. Proposed restriction on skin sensitizing substances

Target substances

- Disperse dyes which are classified as skin sensitisers in category 1, 1A or 1B in Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008, or listed in Table B;
- Chromium VI;
- Formaldehyde;
- 1,4 paraphenylene diamine;
- Nickel compounds;
- Cobalt compounds;
- Other compounds which are classified as skin sensitisers in category 1, 1A or 1B in Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008

Proposed scope of the restriction

The following articles made exclusively or partly of textiles, leather, hides and furs:
 
- Clothing and related accessories;
- Articles other than clothing which come into contact with the human skin under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use to an extent similar to clothing;
- Footwear

Proposed limit

- Disperse dyes: Not detected
- Chromium VI: ≤ 1 mg/kg;
- Formaldehyde: ≤ 75 mg/kg;
- 1,4 paraphenylene diamine: ≤ 250 mg/kg in textiles, ≤ 210 mg/kg in leather, hides and fur;
- Nickel compounds: ≤ 130 mg/kg in textiles; ≤ 110 mg/kg in leather, hides and fur;
- Cobalt compounds: ≤ 70 mg/kg in textiles; ≤ 60 mg/kg in leather, hides and fur;
- Other compounds: ≤ 130 mg/kg in textiles; ≤ 110 mg/kg in leather, hides and fur

Proposed exemption

- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) within the scope of Regulation (EU) 2016/425;
- Medical devices within the scope of Regulation (EU) 2017/745;
- Substances that are used as active ingredients in biocidal products within the scope of Regulation (EU) 528/2012;
- The second-hand articles which were in end-use before 31 January 2023.

Proposed transitional period

36 months

Table B List of disperse dyes restricted in the proposal

Substance name

CAS No.

Substance name

CAS No.

CI Disperse Blue 3

2475-46-9

CI Disperse Red 11

2872-48-2

CI Disperse Blue 7

3179-90-6

CI Disperse Red 17

3179-89-3

CI Disperse Blue 26

100357-99-1
13324-23-7
3860-63-7
2580-56-5

CI Disperse Yellow 1

119-15-3

CI Disperse Blue 35

12222-75-2
56524-77-7

CI Disperse Yellow 9

6373-73-5

CI Disperse Blue 102

12222-97-8

CI Disperse Yellow 39

12236-29-2

CI Disperse Blue 106

12223-01-7

CI Disperse Yellow 49

12239-15-5
54824-37-2

CI Disperse Blue 124

61951-51-7

CI Disperse Orange 149

85136-74-9

CI Disperse Brown 1

23355-64-8

CI Disperse Blue 291

-

CI Disperse Orange 1

2581-69-3

CI Disperse Violet 1

128-95-0

CI Disperse Orange 3

730-40-5

CI Disperse Violet 93

122463-28-9

CI Disperse Orange 37/59/76

13301-61-6
12223-33-5
51811-42-8

CI Disperse Yellow 64

10319-14-9

CI Disperse Red 1

2872-52-8

CI Disperse Yellow 23

6250-23-3

[1] Public consultation on skin sensitising substances

[2] Report submitted for the restriction proposal

[3] Information note on public consultation

 

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