European Commission Tasks ECHA with Restriction Proposal for Chromium (VI) Substances on Authorisation List
The European Commission has tasked the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) with creating a REACH restriction proposal for specific chromium VI substances currently listed as substances of very high concern. This move is prompted by the extensive workload associated with evaluating authorization applications for these substances, which could overwhelm regulatory committees. ECHA's proposal, expected by October 4, 2024, aims to address these challenges. If potential risks of substituting other chromium VI substances are identified during the proposal's preparation, an extension of the mandate may be considered. The standard REACH restrictions process will be followed in preparing the proposal. Once the Commission adopts the restriction, these substances will be removed from the Authorisation List, marking a historic action within REACH.
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