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ChemSec transparency lawsuit against ECHA ends in stalemate

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ChemSec launch the Textile Guide

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Up until now brand owners and other companies in the textile sector had to invest a lot of money in chemical expertise in order to produce toxic...


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Free of charge chemistry tool empowers non-chemists

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The SIN List updated with substances newly classified within the EU – now containing 356 substances

The SIN List has been updated with 89 new substances. This update of the SIN List is due to an extension of the list of substances classified within the European Union as CMRs– Carcinogenic, Mutagenic, and toxic to Reproduction. Based as always on the REACH criteria for Substances of Very High Concern, the SIN List 1.1 now contains 356 substances to be Substituted Now!

New CMRs on the CLP Regulation list

In September, the first update of the new CLP Regulation (Regulation 1272/2008 on Classification, Labelling and Packaging) within the EU changed the classification of 1369 substances. 89 of the 1369 substances are REACH relevant, meaning that they are classified CMRs and that they are not hydrocarbon fuel streams or pesticides. These 89 substances have been inserted into the SIN List - now version 1.1.

– “We are very positive that this first update of the CLP Regulation has finally been published. We hope that the EU Member states and the Commission will take appropriate action on these newly classified CMRs”, says ChemSec Project Coordinator Jerker Ligthart.

The SIN List is based on REACH criteria

Since the SIN List consists of substances identified by ChemSec as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) according to the official REACH criteria, the SIN List is updated when new substances are defined as SVHC. One of the REACH criteria of SVHC are CMRs classified in accordance with the classification in the CLP Regulation (previously Dangerous Substance Directive). Therefore all of the newly classified REACH relevant CMRs in the CLP Regulation have been included in the SIN List.

Some of the new substances on the SIN List are actually substance groups, grouped together in one entry. This grouping corresponds to the official classification documents in Annex VI of the CLP Regulation.

– “The aim of the SIN List is to speed up the REACH implementation process as well as function as a tool for actors aiming to phase out high concern substances according to official REACH criteria. Therefore it is crucial that the SIN List is updated when new substances are classified as for example CMRs within the EU system,” says ChemSec Project Coordinator Jerker Ligthart.

Read more about the SIN List methodology