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The European Commission (EC) has published a summary document1 on the possible restriction of hazardous substances (CMRs 1A and 1B) in textile articles and clothing after the public consultation2 during October 2015 to March 2016. This document includes the feedback on the public consultation and the next steps of the possible restriction.
The EC in collaboration with the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) and Member States Competent Authorities has identified a preliminary list of CMR substances Cat. 1A and 1B that are potentially present in textile articles and clothing, and intended to restrict the CMR substances in textile articles and clothing under Article 68(2) (simplified procedure) of REACH. The EC intends to use this case as a test for the applicability of Article 68(2) to specific CMRs 1A and 1B found in articles.
Considering the comments received from the public consultation, the EC plans to implement the restriction in two steps. The first step would be limiting the scope to articles that may come into direct contact with the skin, and limiting the number of restricted substances to the CMRs which are subject to the public consultation. A wider scope and the inclusion of additional CMRs will be considered in a second step.
When the EC finalised the restriction, a second shorter public consultation will be launched on the draft amendment of REACH Annex XVII, before the proposal is discussed in the REACH Committee.