Chlorinated paraffins makers contest proposed EU Reach testing regime

26 September 2013 17:56  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Chlorinated paraffins manufacturers have expressed "deep concerns" over the evaluation process proposed for the chemicals they make under the EU’s Reach legislation, they said on Thursday.

In an open letter to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Commission, the Medium-Chain Chlorinated Paraffin REACH Consortium said that proposed environmental testing will not deliver what is aimed for and goes beyond what is technically possible using the most up-to-date analytical techniques.

The consortium is also concerned that its members have had little chance to discuss the proposed testing regime with EU member states’ experts other than those in the UK, which has proposed the testing regime. The substance evaluation proposal could be adopted if other member states agree with the UK’s research framework.

Under the EU’s Reach registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals legislation, chemicals will have to be evaluated for sale and use with the Union.

The medium chain length chlorinated paraffins, which are products with a carbon chain length of between 14 and 17 and chlorination range of between 40% and 70%, would be assessed as being substances that are persistent in the environment, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBTs).

Their varying composition makes the establishment of a one size fits all testing regime difficult, producers believe. They have been undertaking research on the environmental risks of MCCPs since the 1970s they say and continue to work with the University of Amsterdam which has considerable expertise in the field.

The chemicals are used as flame retardents and plasticizers in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and the European market is 40,000 tonnes/year, according to trade group Euro Chlor.

By: Nigel Davis
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