In the week of March 10, 2014 European Member States agreed with a proposal by the European Commission not to approve the use of triclosan under the new European biocide regulation in textiles, leather, rubber, paints or non-FCM plastic films. After no applications for authorization of triclosan under the new European biocide regulation came forward, triclosan was decided to be banned from these products. Other than in textiles, leather, rubber, paints or non-FCM plastic films, triclosan is also used as an antimicrobial in soaps, detergents and food contact materials. It is authorized for use in plastic food contact materials in accordance with a ruling by the EU General Court. So far no dossier for authorization of triclosan as an intended biocide in food contact materials has been received by the European Commission under 2013/0150(COD) (personal communication). The amendment to Regulation 528/2012 is currently awaiting publication in the European Parliament Official Journal. The deadline for applications for authorization as additives in food contact materials under 2013/0150(COD) ends in September 2016.
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