At a meeting taking place July 4 to 7, 2013 in Helsinki, the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) deliberates on the harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) dossiers of 13 chemicals. Three of the 13 substances are also authorized for plastic food contact materials under EC regulation 10/2011. Octanoic and decanoic acid (CAS 124-07-2 and 334-48-5) are authorized for the use as both, additives and monomers in plastic food contact materials. Dibutyl phthalate (CAS 84-74-2) is authorized as an additive under the regulation. The RAC will discuss the dossiers and appoint rapporteurs for each of them.

The meeting further serves to discuss the review period for applications for authorization of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC, Annex XIV) and the Stockholm Convention’s recent ban of the flame retardant hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD). The RAC meets several times a year to review dossiers received under the European Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical Substances (REACH) regulation.

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