On April 27, 2020, the European Commission (EC) published a draft regulation that will add substances recently classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMR) to the list of restricted substances in the EU (REACH Annex XVII). Of the substances being added, the following are included in the FACET database of food contact chemicals: ethylene oxide (CAS 75-21-8), 2-benzyl-2-dimethylamino-4’-morpholinobutyrophenone (CAS 119313-12-1), 1-vinylimidazole (CAS 1072-63-5), and 2-methylimidazole (CAS 693-98-1).

For azocolorants, the regulation also references new test methods and removed several obsolete provisions and references to make it easier to implement the current restriction. A comment period on the draft regulation is currently open until May 25, 2020.

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EC (April 27, 2020). “Chemicals regulation (REACH) – updated list of restricted substances.”

Chemical Watch (April 30, 2020). “Commission seeks views on proposed CMR REACH restrictions.”

SGS (May 5, 2020). “EU Proposes to Revise REACH.”