ChemSec encourages textile companies to support and comment on the proposed restriction of CMRs.
In October 2015 The EU Commission launched a public consultation concerning its proposed restriction of classified CMR substances in textile articles and clothing for consumer use. CMRs are substances that are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction, and the proposed restriction regards category 1A and 1B. The deadline for commenting has been postponed until 22 March 2016, and ChemSec wish to encourage textile companies to take part in the consultation.
The proposed restriction is a test case for REACH article 68(2), often called the "fast-track". Compared to "normal" restrictions, there will be no need for separate substance dossiers or additional opinions by ECHA committees. The restriction also targets a large number of substances at once.
The Commission has published a preliminary list of substances it proposes to restrict for use in textile consumer articles. The list contains 286 chemicals present in textile articles and clothing, including phthalates, flame retardants and pigments. The Commission specifically asks for information on these substances, on whether they are used in textile, socioeconomic aspects and availability of alternatives.