In a press release published on December 10, 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the adoption of opinions on the proposed restrictions of N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF; CAS 68-12-2) and three siloxanes.

The Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) adopted its final opinion on the restriction proposed by Italy for uses of DMF on its own or in mixtures with a concentration equal to or greater than 0.3% by weight. This follows an earlier public consultation concluded on the proposal (FPF reported).

The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) adopted its opinion on the restriction proposal for the three siloxanes octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4, CAS 556-67-2), decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5, CAS 541-02-6), and dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6, CAS 540-97-6) as substances, constituents, or in mixtures at a concentration equal to a greater than 0.1% by weight. SEAC had adopted its final opinion on D4 and D5 in June 2016 (FPF reported).

All four substances are included in the FACET inventory of food contact chemicals. Both opinions are set to be posted soon on RAC and SEAC’s websites.

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ECHA (December 10, 2019). “ECHA’s committees conclude on two restrictions and 10 harmonised classification and labelling opinions.”