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Netherlands identifies hazardous substances in textiles

Netherlands, Textiles

01.04.2015 |Chemical Watch

A report on hazardous substances in textile products, prepared by the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), was discussed at a meeting of the European Commission's expert group on textiles, last week.

The report presents a prioritisation method for the assessment of hazardous substances that are registered under REACH and used in textiles. Prioritisation depends on the chemical's use, potency, and hazard classification under the CLP Regulation.

The paper identifies 788 individual substances; 32 of these – mostly dyes and flame retardants – were given the highest priority scores.

The RIVM hopes the method will be suitable to pinpoint high-priority substances registered under REACH. However, the report states that, first, a realistic exposure model is needed to perform a risk assessment for the compounds identified, as information available in the registration dossiers is not specific enough.

The European Apparel and Textiles Confederation (Euratex) and the International Dyes and Pigments Manufacturers Association (Etad) have welcomed the paper, saying it provides “a well-balanced approach” to assessing chemicals in textiles. The prioritisation method is “reasonable”, they say, because it takes into account not only the classification of the substances but also additional aspects, such as toxicity and estimated consumer exposure. 
Further Information
RIVM report
ETAD and Euratex statement

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