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ECHA calls for input on risks of Phenolic Benzotriazoles in articles

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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has recently nnounced a call for comments and evidence regarding four phenolic benzotriazoles found in articles. The four substances under scrutiny are: UV-328UV-327UV-350UV-320.

Interested parties now have the opportunity to participate in the consultation process and provide input on the potential risks associated with these substances. Interested parties have until August 18, 2023, to provide their input.

Phenolic benzotriazoles are commonly used as ultraviolet (UV) absorbers and are often incorporated into various consumer products and industrial materials. These substances are typically employed to provide protection against the degrading effects of UV radiation, such as color fading or material deterioration. Common examples of articles that may contain these substances include:

  1. Plastics and polymers: Phenolic benzotriazoles are frequently incorporated into plastic materials used for outdoor applications, such as automotive parts, building materials, and packaging.

  2. Textiles and fabrics: These substances can be present in textile products, including clothing, outdoor fabrics, upholstery, and awnings, to enhance their UV resistance.

  3. Coatings and paints: Phenolic benzotriazoles may be utilized in coatings and paints applied to various surfaces, such as metal, wood, or concrete, to provide UV protection and prevent

  4. Adhesives and sealants: Some adhesive and sealant formulations may contain these substances to improve the durability and UV resistance of bonded materials.

  5. Personal care products: Certain personal care products, such as sunscreens, lotions, and cosmetics, might incorporate phenolic benzotriazoles to offer UV protection to the skin or hair.

Link to the Call for comments and evidence


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