In September 2020, European Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) supports France and Sweden’s proposal to restrict the use of skin sensitizing substances in textile, leather, synthetic leather, hide, and fur articles, that are placed on the market for the first time. Both SEAC and Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) concluded that an EU-wide restriction is the most appropriate means to address the risks to EU citizens. Besides, SEAC concluded that the expected benefits and costs to society of the proposal mean that it is likely to be proportionate.

This proposal covers substances that have a harmonized classification as skin sensitizers under the CLP Regulation such as chromium VI, nickel, and cobalt compounds. It also proposes to restrict some dyes that are considered to have skin sensitizing properties. The proposal introduces a link with the CLP Regulation meaning that any substance that is classified as a skin sensitizer in the future under CLP would automatically be covered by the restriction. When substances are automatically added to the restriction, SEAC recommends a transitional period of three years between classification and the conditions of the restriction taking effect to allow manufacturers to adapt.

Following SEAC’s adoption, the opinions of both RAC and SEAC as well as the proposal of France and Sweden will be sent to the European Commission, which will make the decision together with the EU Member States.



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