The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an Annex XV dossier proposing the restriction of chromium VI in leather articles, which will now be subject to a public consultation.
The Danish report proposes a restriction on the placing on the market of leather articles containing chromium VI in concentrations above a certain limit that come into direct and prolonged or repetitive contact with the skin, based on evidence indicating the substance causes severe allergic contact dermatitis in humans.
ECHA has invited interested parties to comment on the proposal by 1 June 2012 to allow the comments to be considered by the Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) during meetings in June. The official conclusion to the public consultation is 16 September 2012.
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