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The list of CMRs under Annex XVII of REACH has been expanded. The new provisions are implemented in two phases, starting May 24, 2018 for formaldehyde.

SAFEGUARDS | Consumer Products NO. 080/18

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Under entries 28 to 30 of Annex XVII of REACH [1], the use of carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic category 1A or 1B substances (CMR category 1A or 1B substances) is prohibited as substances, constituents of other substances or in mixtures, for the general public if their concentrations are greater than prescribed limits.

On May 4, 2018, the EU published Regulation (EU) 2018/675 [2] to expand the list of CMR category 1B substances in each of the three CMR categories. This latest addition aligns the CMRs from two pieces of legislation:

  • Formaldehyde, classified as a carcinogenic category 1B substance by Regulation (EU) 605/2014 [3]
  • CMR substances in Regulation (EU) 2017/776 [4], amending Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 on classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP Regulation)

There are two effective dates in the new Regulation. These are:

  • May 24, 2018 for formaldehyde
  • December 1, 2018 for CMRs other than formaldehyde

Highlights of Regulation (EU) 2018/675 are summarized in Table 1.

Regulation (EU) 2018/675 amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 (REACH)
Entry Number under Annex XVII of REACH CMR Classification Appendix Number of Substances Added
28 Carcinogenic category 1B 2 10, including formaldehyde
29 Mutagenic category 1B 4 3
30 Reprotoxic category 1B 6 9

Table 1.

Next step:

Stakeholders are advised to comply with the latest CMR requirements for the EU market.

Throughout our global network of laboratories, we are able to provide a range of services, including analytical and consultancy for CMR category 1A or 1B substances, safety data sheets (SDS) and other restricted substances in consumer products for the EU and international markets.

For enquiries, please contact:

Hingwo Tsang
Global Information and Innovation Manager
t: +852 2774 7420

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