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October 3, 2012

RAC adopts scientific opinions on harmonized classification and labeling

Joy LePree

The European Chemicals Agency announced that The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) has adopted the following opinions on harmonized classification and labeling across Europe.
 
Cymoxanil
Cymoxanil, used as a fungicide, already has a harmonized classification as toxic through both acute and repeated exposure and as toxic to the environment. RAC agreed with the proposal from Austria to classify cymoxanil as acutely toxic through the oral route, sensitizing to skin, toxic after repeated exposure and as a developmental toxicant. RAC also agreed that the substance should be classified as a reproductive toxicant for effects on fertility. In relation to the environment, RAC agreed with the proposal from Austria to classify cymoxanil as very toxic to the aquatic environment with long-lasting effects.
 
4-vinylcyclohexene (VCH)
The classification and labeling of this substance had so far not been harmonized at the EU level. RAC agreed with the proposal from France to classify VCH as a substance suspected of causing cancer in humans. It is used in the production of flame retardants, flavors, fragrances and other chemicals as a solvent.
 
Fenoxycarb
The classification and labeling of this substance, which is used as an insecticide, had so far not been harmonized at the EU level. RAC agreed with the proposal from Germany to classify fenoxycarb as a substance suspected of causing cancer in humans and as very toxic to the aquatic environment with acute and long-lasting effects.
 
Tralkoxydim
The classification and labeling of this substance had so far not been harmonized at the EU level. RAC agreed with the proposal from the United Kingdom to classify tralkoxydim as acutely toxic through the oral route, as a substance suspected of causing cancer in humans and as toxic to the aquatic life with long-lasting effects, RAC did not agree with the proposal from the UK to classify tralkoxydim as toxic after repeated exposure. Tralkoxydim is used as an herbicide.
 
Penconazole
The classification and labeling of this substance, which is used as a fungicide, had so far not been harmonized at the EU level. RAC agreed with the proposal from Germany to classify penconazole as acutely toxic through the oral route and toxic to the aquatic life with long-lasting effects. RAC also agreed to classify penconazole as a reproductive toxicant for effects on development.
 
RAC is responsible for preparing the opinion of the Agency on applications for authorization, proposals for restrictions and proposals for harmonized classification and labeling. RAC also prepares opinions on specific questions relating to risks of chemicals to human health or the environment and on any other aspects concerning the safety of substances. The final decisions for proposals for harmonized classification and labeling, for proposals for restrictions, as well as on applications for authorization will be taken by the European Commission through a committee procedure.
 

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