On October 24, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published the draft Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) for the years 2018-2020. The draft CoRAP 2018-2020 outlines which substances EU Member State authorities will evaluate to clarify concerns about the potential risks the substances pose to human health or the environment. 107 substances will be evaluated, 91 of which were already included in the CoRAP 2017-2019 (FPF reported). 26 of the 107 substances are subject to evaluation in 2018, 37 in 2019, and 44 in 2020. The final CoRAP 2018-2020 will be adopted in March 2018, ECHA informed.
Seven of the 16 newly added substances are potential endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), as reported in an article by regulatory news provider Chemical Watch on the same day. They are: 1) tetraphenyl m-phenylene bis(phosphate) (CAS 57583-54-7), 2) triclocarban (CAS 101-20-2), 3) benzyl salicylate (CAS 118-58-1), 4) 2-ethylhexyl salicylate (CAS 118-60-5), 5) acetic acid, oxo-, sodium salt, reaction products with ethylenediamine and phenol, iron sodium salts (CAS 84539-55-9), 6) EDDHMAFEK (no CAS number available), and 7) reaction product of phenol, formaldehyde, ethylenediamine diacetic acid, iron chloride and potassium hydroxide (no CAS number available). Tetraphenyl m-phenylene bis(phosphate) and benzyl salicylate are included in the FACET inventory of food contact materials (FCMs).
Other areas of concern for the newly added substances include carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR), as well as persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) properties. 2,4,6-Triallyloxy-1,3,5-triazine (CAS 101-37-1) and N,N-diethylhydroxylamine (CAS 3710-84-7) are included in both the ESCO working group list of non-plastic FCMs and the FACET inventory; chromium(III) oxide (CAS 1308-38-9) is listed in the FACET inventory.
ECHA (October 24, 2017). “Member States to evaluate 107 substances in 2018-2020.”
Chemical Watch (October 24, 2017). “ECHA publishes draft 2018-20 CoRAP list.”
ECHA (October 24, 2017). “Draft Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP) update for years 2018-2020.” (pdf)