REACH: REGULATION (EU) 2020/1149 amending Annex XVII of REACH

Regulation (EU) N ° 2020/1149 has been published which amends Annex XVII of Regulation (EC) N ° 1907/2006 (REACH).

The update concerns a ban on placing on the market for diisocyanates unless certain conditions are met.

Diisocyanates are classified as Category 1 respiratory and ball sensitizers according to the CLP Regulation. Sensitization is due to exposure to these substances via the skin and by inhalation.

Due to the use of diisocyanates, occupational diseases such as occupational asthma in workers have been highlighted, identified as an important health problem in the workplace. For this reason, the Member States have introduced a restriction according to Annex XVII of REACH in order to limit industrial and professional use, as well as placing on the market. Adequate training for workers who handle diisocyanates is also considered fundamental, as well as knowledge and the dangers of these substances and awareness of the risks associated with their use.

The restriction provides for diisocyanates as such, as constituents of other substances or in mixtures:

1-ban on placing on the market for industrial and professional uses starting from February 24, 2022 unless:

  • the concentration of diisocyanates, considered individually and in combination, is <0.1% by weight, or
  • the supplier guarantees that the recipient of the substances or mixtures is properly trained and that the following wording appears on the packaging, visibly separate from the other information on the label: "Starting from 24 August 2023, industrial or professional use is only after having received adequate training ".

2- a ban on use for industrial and professional uses after August 24, 2023, unless:

  • the concentration of diisocyanates, considered individually and in combination, is <0.1% by weight, or
  • the employer or the self-employed worker ensures that industrial or professional users have successfully completed training on the safe use of diisocyanates before using the substances or mixtures.

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