REACH is the EU’s Regulation on Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals, adopted in 2006. When it entered into force in June 2007, REACH replaced more than 40 earlier pieces of legislation and introduced some of the most important changes to the EU’s management of chemicals in 30 years.
Following a proposal of the United Kingdom, ECHA’s Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) agreed to restrict to restrict the use of D4 and D5 inwash-off personal care products under REACH. The restriction was published in the Commission’s official journal in January 2018, and will enter into force in the first quarter of 2020.
In 2017, the European Commission initiated a further restriction on uses of D4 and D5 in leave-on cosmetic products and other direct consumer and professional uses, and proposed to extend the scope to D6. Germany subsequently announced a Risk Management Options Assessment of D4 and D5.
CES - Silicones Europe will continue to work with regulatory authorities and provide all the necessary information regarding the safety of D4, D5 and D6 for human health and the environment in their intended uses.
Over 50 years of research on D4, D5 and D6 demonstrates that these substances are safe for human health and the environment when used as intended. The silicones industry is at the forefront of research and leading the way in ensuring that the different uses of D4, D5 and D6 are valuable and safe. Visit the Science Section for more studies and useful links related to cyclosiloxanes.
Members of CES - Silicones Europe, a trade association representing all major silicone producers in Europe, have contracted ReachCentrum SPRL, a REACH services provider, to manage a consortium, Reconsile, and implement a REACH compliance strategy for the silicone industry in Europe. More information about Reconsile REACH consortium.
Reconsile members successfully registered 43 substances produced or imported in volumes greater than 1000 tons/year before the 30 November 2010 deadline and 68 substances of 100 tons/year before the 1 June 2013 deadline.
The consortium is now working on the remaining substances that must be registered in the next phase of REACH, with a deadline in 2018. For more information on REACH, visit the following websites:
In addition to REACH, many of the products in which silicones are used are regulated by sector specific regulations.
The silicones industry in Europe
CES - Silicones Europe is a non-profit trade organisation representing all major producers of silicones in Europe. We provide information on silicones from a health, safety and environmental perspective.