EU Commission expands REACH regulations

The Commission of the European Union (EU) has amended its regulations covering the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals (REACH), adding to its list of restricted chemicals a number of substances deemed carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction.

The Regulation, published in the Official Journal of the European Union in April 2013, covers an additional seven chemicals, including trichloroethylene, chromium trioxide, sodium dichromate, potassium dichromate, ammonium dichromate, potassium chromate and sodium chromate. The Regulation also adds acids generated from chromium trioxide to the list of restricted substances.

The changes, which reflect recommendations made by the European Chemicals Agency in December 2011, affect the list of chemicals identified in Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006. Restrictions against the use of these newly added chemicals begin as early as October 2014.

Read the complete text of the amended REACH regulations.