On March 20, 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) adopted the updated Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020. The draft CoRAP 2018-2020 was published in October 2018 (FPF reported). 20 EU Member States (MS) will evaluate 108 substances in the three-year period “to clarify the concerns related to their exposure and suspected serious hazard properties: persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT), carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR), or endocrine disruptors in combination with wide dispersive consumer use.” For 2018, 21 substances were specified for evaluation.
Ten of the 21 substances to be evaluated in 2018 are relevant for food contact materials (FCMs): Titanium dioxide (CAS 13463-67-7), diantimony trioxide (CAS 1309-64-4), ethylene carbonate (CAS 96-49-1) are included in the Union List of substances authorized for use in plastic FCMs (Annex I of Regulation (EU) No 10/2011), the ESCO working group list of non-plastic FCMs, and the FACET inventory of FCMs. m-Phenylenediamine (CAS 108-45-2) can be found on the Union and FACET lists; methyl vinyl ether (CAS 107-25-5) and butanone (CAS 78-93-3) are included in the ESCO and FACET lists. 3,6,9,12-Tetraazatetradeca methylenediamine (PEHA, CAS 4067-16-7), 2-[methyl[(nonafluoro butyl) sulphonyl]amino] ethyl acrylate (CAS 67584-55-8), phenol, dodecyl-, branched (CAS 121158-58-5), and 4-tert-butylpyrocatechol (CAS 98-29-3) are listed in the FACET inventory.
ECHA (March 20, 2018). “Member States start evaluating 21 substances in 2018.”
ECHA (March 20, 2018). “Community rolling action plan update covering years 2018, 2019 and 2020.” (pdf)
Luke Buxton (March 21, 2018). “EU to evaluate 21 substances this year.” Chemical Watch