European Commission To Make CMR Substance Restriction Under REACH Faster

European Commission To Make CMR Substance Restriction Under REACH Faster

The European Commission (EC) has taken steps toward reducing the time it takes to restrict a new substance under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation (EC 1907/2006).

The EC is organizing a technical workshop which will focus on substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR), specifically regarding categories 1A and 1B as they relate to textiles and clothing for consumer use under Article 68(2) of REACH. Following the ECs presentation of a 2014 paper which discussed a simplified approach for implementing Art. 68(2) for articles, the concept was subsequently discussed with EU countries, the related competent authorities and other key stakeholders, and is now being trialed.

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The significance of this is that, at present, it can take years for a substance classified as CMRs to be declared a restricted substance. However, if this change is successful within the textiles industry, a new streamlined process for CMR substance restriction may be implemented.

This signals companies will need to maintain agile compliance systems capable of adapting to rapid changes in regulations. As the REACH regulation grows, so too will the efficiency of the processes required to declare CMR substances as restricted.

This agility is at the core of the Assent Compliance Platform (ACP) and its REACH Module. Backed by the up-to-date expertise of our REACH subject matter experts, the Module keeps pace with changes in regulations and restricted substance lists to ensure you remain on the right side of enforcement authorities.

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