The European Commission (EC) is planning to add diisocyanates to the restricted substances list within Annex XVII under REACH. The EU submitted a notification to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on September 16, 2019, announcing the draft regulation. It clarifies that diisocyantes would be restricted “as substances on their own, as a constituent in other substances or in mixtures for industrial and professional use(s), individually or in any combination of these di-isocyanates, in a concentration above 0.1% by weight.” Diisocyanates are largely used to make polyurethane products such as foams, sealants, coatings and adhesives. A number of diisocyantes are included in the FACET inventory of food contact chemicals. There would be a two-year phase-out period for uses and an eighteen-month period before the regulation would come into force restricting the placing of products on the market. The restriction is set to be adopted in December 2019.
Chemical Watch (September 20, 2019). “EU Commission proposes REACH restriction for diisocyanates.”
WTO (September 16, 2019). “Notification G/TBT/N/EU/681.”
EC (September 16, 2019). “Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards diisocyanates.” (pdf)