On 16 March 2016, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) launched the 2nd public consultation on Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) (CAS no. 556-67-2) and Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) (CAS no. 541-02-6) under REACH Annex XVII. The public consultation will end on 16 May 2016.
In 2015, the United Kingdom submitted a report, proposed to amend Annex XVII of REACH to restrict placing on the market of D4 and D5 in personal care products.
After 1st public consultation, both of the Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) and the Socio-Economic Assessment Committee (SEAC) considered that the proposed restriction is the most appropriate EU wide measure to address the identified risks provided the conditions of the proposed restriction were modified by the RAC.
After the 2nd public consultation, the ECHA will submit the final opinions to the European Commission (EC) to see if it is needed to amend Annex XVII.
Below shows the details of the proposal which was modified by the RAC.
Proposed scope of restriction
Cosmetic products used or disposed with water intended for consumer or professional use.
Examples of products within scope:
Cosmetic products are defined as being within the scope of Regulation (EC) 1223/2009.
Definition of cosmetic products in Regulation (EC) 1223/2009:
Cosmetic product means any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with the external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, protecting them, keeping them in good condition or correcting body odours.
< 0.1% by weight of each
Proposed date of entry into force
18 months after its publication in the Official Journal of European Union (OJEU)