Skin sensitizers

The proposal aims to restrict placing on the market of textile, leather, hide and fur articles containing skin sensitising substances. It may affect a very large amount of substances, some of which with wide applications in textiles. The proposal also puts forward a “dynamic link” which would in the future automatically restrict any substance newly classified as a skin sensitiser without considerations on impact and substance specific evaluation.


  • 14 June 2019 – Proposal from France and Sweden submitted to ECHA
  • 19 June 2019-19 December 2019 - ECHA 6-month public consultation
  • 12 March 2020 - Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) adopts opinion
  • 24 June 2020-24 August 2020 - Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) consultation
  • 17 September 2020 – SEAC adopts opinion
  • 2023 - EC expected to present proposal
  • Discussion and vote in the REACH Committee.
  • In case of positive vote in the REACH Committee, the European Parliament and the Council will have 3 or 4 months to evaluate the proposal. If no objections, the Commission adopts the proposal, which will become law after a transition time.

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