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EU: Launched public consultation on dechlorane plus under REACH Annex XVII

JULY 2021 - ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONICS, HARDLINES, SOFTLINES, TOYS AND CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS

On 23 June 2021, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) launched the 1st public consultation1 on the proposal2 to restrict 1,6,7,8,9,14,15,16,17,17,18,18-dodecachloropentacyclo [12.2.1.16,9.02,13.05,10] octadeca-7,15-diene (Dechlorane Plus) [covering any of its individual anti and syn-isomers or any combination thereof], under REACH Annex XVII. 

Dechlorane Plus is a synthetic substance mainly used as a flame retardant in adhesive/sealants and polymers and extreme pressure additives in grease. Its application can be found in motor vehicles, aircraft, electrical and electronic equipment. It was identified as a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) and included into the Candidate List in 2018 because of its very persistent and very bio-accumulative(vPvB) properties. Due to its vPvB properties, Dechlorane Plus may cause severe and irreversible adverse effects on the environment and human health. Based on the available information, Norway submitted a proposal to restrict the manufacture, use and placing on the market of Dechlorane Plus under REACH Annex XVII.

The public consultation will end on 3 January 2022, but early comments received by 28 July 2021 will help with the first discussion on this proposal in September 2021. 

Table A shows the details of proposed restriction.

Restricted substance
1,6,7,8,9,14,15,16,17,17,18,18-dodecachloropentacyclo [12.2.1.16,9.02,13.05,10] octadeca-7,15-diene (Dechlorane Plus) [covering any of its individual anti and syn-isomers or any combination thereof]
Proposed scope of restriction
1,6,7,8,9,14,15,16,17,17,18,18-dodecachloropentacyclo [12.2.1.16,9.02,13.05,10] octadeca-7,15-diene (Dechlorane Plus) [covering any of its individual anti and syn-isomers or any combination thereof]
Proposed limit

Manufacture or placed on the market as substances: prohibited

Used in production or placed on the market:

  1. as a constituent of another substances;
  2. a mixture;
  3. an article.
Limit of the above is < 0.1% by weight
Proposed date of application
18 months after the date of entry into force

 

[1]  Public consultation summary

[2]  Report submitted for the restriction proposal


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