On 20 February 2017, the European Commission (EC) submitted a draft amendment to the World Trade Organization (WTO)1 to add a new restriction on Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) (CAS no. 556-67-2) and Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) (CAS no. 541-02-6) under Annex XVII to the REACH.
In 2015, the United Kingdom submitted a report to propose to amend Annex XVII of REACH to restrict placing on the market of D4 and D5 in personal care products.
After 1st and 2nd 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. And the ECHA submitted the final opinions to the European Commission (EC) in August 2016. The EC considers that the risk to the environment that arises from the presence of D4 and D5 in wash-off cosmetic products should be addressed on EU wide basis, and REACH Annex XVII should be amended accordingly.
The new restriction will set a general 24-months transitional period.
See Table A below for the proposed restriction on D4 and D5 in details.
Proposed scope of restriction
Wash-off cosmetic products
Examples of products within scope:
“Wash-off cosmetic products” means cosmetic products as defined in Article 2(1)(a) of Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 that, under normal conditions of use, are washed off with water after application.
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.