EC adds vitamin A, carbon and graphite to Reach

13 October 2008 13:12  [Source: ICIS news]

PARIS (ICIS news)--Vitamin A, carbon and graphite have been added to the list of substances subject to registration under the chemical legislation Reach, the European Commission said on Monday.

  

A 12-month review by the Commission and member states revealed that “insufficient information is known about these substances for them to be considered as causing minimum risk”, said the EC.

 

The Commission said vitamin A, carbon and graphite “may present significant risks of reproductive toxicity”.

 

Manufacturers or importers of chemicals would therefore have to pre-register these substances by 1 December if they wanted to continue manufacturing or importing them, the body added.

 

Meanwhile, certain vegetable and animal oils, fats and waxes and some types of glass and ceramic frits would no longer need to be registered under Reach, it said.

 

“Certain vegetable oils, fats and waxes and animal oils… that are obtained from natural sources, which are not chemically modified and which do not have any hazardous properties beyond flammability and skin or eye irritancy, will not need to be registered,” added the Commission.

 

These substances included the fatty acids known as lecithins, syrups, hydrolyzed starch and maltodextrin.

 

By 1 October, a list of almost 40,000 substances had already been pre-registered in preparation for the legislation, two months ahead of deadline.

 

Reach regulates the registration and safe use of chemicals and came into force on 1 June 2007.

 

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By: Philippa Jones
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