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Position papers

  1. Glycol Ethers Charter

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  3. OSPA Comments on AFSSET Report on PGME (November 2007)

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  5. FIPEC Comments on AFSSET Report on PGME (October 2007)

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  7. OSPA response to marketing and use restrictions proposed by the Netherlands for DEGBE (2-(2-butoxyethoxy)ethanol - CAS# 112-34-5

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  9. Updating individual REACH registrations to Joint Submission
  10. The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) has issued a paper advising companies how to update individual registrations to become part of a joint REACH submission.
     
  11. REACH Restriction Regime - The basics
  12. The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) has published an introductory guide to the REACH restriction regime that describes the principles, the substances in the scope, the actors and the processes involved.
     
  13. Cefic Chemicals Trends Report May 2011
  14. EU chemicals output up 5.8 per cent in February, overall EU output level slightly below 2007 threshold.
     
  15. EndsEurope - ECHA to handle chemical export notifications
  16. 5 May 2011 - The European Commission has put forward plans to recast the EU’s prior informed consent (PIC) regulation governing the import and export of dangerous chemicals.
     
  17. EndsEurope - Firms told to prepare for next REACH deadline
  18. 19 May 2011 - Chemical producers and importers affected by the REACH regime's 2013 deadline should start preparing now.
     
  19. EndsEurope - NEC compliance 'not required to build new plants'
  20. 25 May 2011 - Compliance with national air emission caps under the NEC directive is not a condition for authorising the construction of new industrial installations, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) concluded in a three joint rulings on Thursday.
     
  21. Cefic Chemicals Trends Report - June 2011
  22. EU Chemicals output climbs 4.3 per cent in March, first quarter production rises 5.3 per cent.
     
  23. EndsEurope - Chemicals agency recommends REACH tweaks
  24. 30 June 2011 - Companies registering substances under REACH in 2013 could face different fees if the EU responds to a request by ECHA for a review of the regime's charging structure.
     
  25. ECHA - Public Consultation on 20 potential Substances of Very High Concern
  26. 29 August 2011 -- The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has today published proposals to identify 20 chemicals as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) and thus as possible candidates for authorisation. From the last publication six months ago, the number of dossiers has more than doubled. The detailed proposals are available on the ECHA website. Interested parties are invited to comment on the proposals by 13 October 2011.
     
  27. Czechs and Slovaks raise REACH concerns
  28. ENDS, 1 December 2011 - The REACH regime is putting firms at a disadvantage and counters efforts to cut red-tape.
     
  29. Cefic Chemicals Trend report (Nov-Dec 2011)
  30. Cefic, 19 December 2011 - EU Chemicals sector posts 2.3 per cent growth through first three quarters of 2011.
     
  31. REACH: 2,300 chemicals to register by 2013
  32. EndsEurope, 3 Feb 2012 -- At least 2,300 substances will be registered by the next REACH deadline, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said on Friday. ENDS Europe is Europe's leading environmental news service. A free trial is available by clicking on the following link: http://www.endseurope.com/news?mc=glyc
     
  33. Cefic Chemicals Trend Report August 2012
  34. August 9, 2012 -- EU chemicals sector output drops by 2.1 per cent through the first five months of 2012.
     
  35. Cefic Chemicals Trends Report - October 2012
  36. 8 October 2012 -- EU Chemicals sector year-to-date ouput drops 2.4 per cent through July
     
  37. Cefic Chemicals Trends Report (December 2012)
  38. December 19 -- EU chemicals sector year-to-date output drops 2.2 per cent through October
     

1. Glycol Ethers Charter

Oxygenated Solvents Producers Association (OSPA)

The European producers of Glycol Ethers, members of OSPA, wish to recall by this charter the commitments and actions that they are undertaking since several years in order to avoid the risks linked to glycol ethers classified toxic for reproduction.

GLYCOL ETHERS

Glycol Ethers are solvents which constitute of a varied family of more than 30 different substances. They have similar physical properties but do not demonstrate all the same technical characteristics nor the same toxicity profiles. This is why they are not interchangeable and this is why a large number of Glycol Ethers are put on the market for sale. Some Glycol Ethers are sold in large; others only in low quantities and several are even not produced at all.

THE GLYCOL ETHERS CLASSIFIED TOXIC FOR REPRODUCTION

Nine have been classified as "toxic for reproduction" of category 2a. None of these substances are produced in France. Six of them have been commercialised1, four of which only in marginal quantities. EGMEA/EGDEE are not produced2 and the méthoxy-2 propanol-13 is never produced as such, yet occurs as an impurity at the production of méthoxy-1 propanol-24. Furthermore, DEGME5 is classified as "toxic for reproduction" category 3b.

The use in France of glycol ethers classified toxic for reproduction

An active substitution policy for glycol ethers classified as "toxic for reproduction" has been put in place. This has allowed a substantial reduction of their use compared to the early 1990s where the annual consumption in France had reached several thousand tons. Furthermore, several producers have stopped production. The amount of Glycol Ethers classified toxic for reproduction of category 2 used in France in 2002 corresponds to ~1% of the quantities of 1993.

There remains however some essential industrial applications for which no substitution has been found to date. In 2004 the sales in France were:

  • EGME used as an intermediate for chemical synthesis.
  • EGEE, used as an extraction solvent for the production of an active pharmaceutical substance.
  • EGDME and DEGDME, used as solvents in chemical synthesis.
  • EGDEE/EGEEA and the TEGDME are neither sold nor used in France.

    The use as intermediary of chemical or pharmaceutical synthesis does not leave any trace in the final product. Therefore any consumer exposition is impossible.

    The OSPA Charter for the consumers/workers protection

    Since 1996, the producers have signed a voluntary agreement on the commercialisation of these substances that was formalised and applied progressively via a charter. This agreement preceded the legislation that banned the sale of products classified toxic for reproduction, category 1 and 2 (amended law of 7 August 1997 concerning the limitations on the marketing and use of products containing certain dangerous substances). The Charter forbids, under penalty of non-delivery, all uses of glycol ethers classified as reprotoxic in any product sold to the public and strictly limits the use of glycol ethers classified toxic for reproduction category 2 to industrial applications, for which no substitute has been found so far. ALL customers must ensure that Occupational Exposures/Emissions are within the legal constraints. The charter must be signed by buyers (from direct customers) as well as by any distributor involved. The producers oblige all buyers to annually reconfirm the application of the charter. With the present document, the producers, members of OSPA, reconfirm their ongoing commitment to strictly apply all provisions of the 1996 charter. In order to ascertain the protection of workers and to contribute to the application of the French labour law, the producers inform their clients via an MSDS about all precautions required to avoid workers' exposure and investigate together with them possibilities of substitution.

    THE GLYCOL ETHERS NOT CLASSIFIED TOXIC FOR REPRODUCTION

    The producers are continuing their activities to improve the knowledge about the properties of these substances.

    All producers confirm that the glycol ethers of the E series (derivates of ethylene glycol that are not mentioned above and which are commercialised for various applications) do not contain as an impurity any of the glycol ethers classified toxic for reproduction, category 2: EGEE, EGEEA, EGME, EGMEA, EGDME, DEGDME, TEGDME. Commercial preparations of méthoxy-1-propanol-2 contain, as an impurity, the isomer méthoxy-2-propanol-1 called ß isomer. In pure form, this ß isomer is classified toxic for reproduction category 2. All producers from glycol ethers of the P series (derivates of propylene glycol) confirm that for all commercial products the ß isomer concentration is clearly below the level of 0.5%, the classification limit set by the legislation. Furthermore, toxicity tests realised on different glycol ethers of the P-series have not lead to any classification for reprotoxicity. The same reasoning applies for the acetate of methoxy-1-propanol-2 and its ß isomer.OSPA has set up a comprehensive website in order to inform the public about Glycol Ethers: www.ethers-de-glycol.com

    a toxic effects at the animal
    b toxic effects suspected, insufficient evidence
    1 ethylene glycol monoethyl ether (EGEE) (CAS 110-80-5) and its acetate (EGEEA) (CAS 111-15-9), ethylene glycol mono-methyl ether (EGME) (CAS 109-86-4), ethylene glycol di-methyl ether (EGDME) (CAS 110-71-4), di-ethylene glycol di-methyl ether (DEGDME) (CAS 111-96-6) and tri-ethylene glycol di-methyl ether (TEGDME) (CAS 11249-2).
    2 ethylene glycol mono-methyl ether acetate (EGMEA) (CAS 110-49-6)
    3 CAS 1589-47-5
    4 CAS 107-98-2
    5 di-ethylene glycol methyl ether (DEGME) (CAS 11-77-3)

     

     

    2. OSPA Comments on AFSSET Report on PGME (November 2007)

    The OSPA Toxicology Working Group on Glycol Ethers has reviewed the AFSSET report on beta-propylene glycol methyl ether, entitled: "Impuretés toxiques pour la reproduction dans les produits contant du 1-méthoxy-propanol-2-ol ou son acétate, dated July 2007.

    We have addressed the toxicology data and NOELs used, the concentration of beta-PGME in various end-user products, the model used to calculate exposures and the risk characterisation performed for the various scenarios.

    Click here to read the full article.

     

     

    3. FIPEC Comments on AFSSET Report on PGME (October 2007)

    Click here to read the full article.

     

     

    4. OSPA response to marketing and use restrictions proposed by the Netherlands for DEGBE (2-(2-butoxyethoxy)ethanol - CAS# 112-34-5

    The Oxygenated Solvents Producers Association (OSPA) is surprised and concerned at the proposal made by the Netherlands for stringent restrictions to be introduced on the use of DEGBE in paints.

    Click here to read the full article.

     

     

    5. Updating individual REACH registrations to Joint Submission

    The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) has issued a paper advising companies how to update individual registrations to become part of a joint REACH submission. Cefic paper 18 February 2011

     

     

    6. REACH Restriction Regime - The basics

    April 2011 document

     

     

    7. Cefic Chemicals Trends Report May 2011

    Summary

     

     

    8. EndsEurope - ECHA to handle chemical export notifications

    Read more ENDS Europe is Europe's leading environmental news service. A free trial is available by clicking on the following link: http://www.endseurope.com/news?mc=glyc

     

     

    9. EndsEurope - Firms told to prepare for next REACH deadline

    Read more. ENDS Europe is Europe's leading environmental news service. A free trial is available by clicking on the following link: http://www.endseurope.com/news?mc=glyc

     

     

    10. EndsEurope - NEC compliance 'not required to build new plants'

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    11. Cefic Chemicals Trends Report - June 2011

    Cefic Report

     

     

    12. EndsEurope - Chemicals agency recommends REACH tweaks

    Read more... ENDS Europe is Europe's leading environmental news service. A free trial is available by clicking on the following link: http://www.endseurope.com/news?mc=glyc

     

     

    13. ECHA - Public Consultation on 20 potential Substances of Very High Concern

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    14. Czechs and Slovaks raise REACH concerns

    Read more ENDS Europe is Europe's leading environmental news service. A free trial is available by clicking on the following link: http://www.endseurope.com/news?mc=glyc

     

     

    15. Cefic Chemicals Trend report (Nov-Dec 2011)

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    16. REACH: 2,300 chemicals to register by 2013

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    17. Cefic Chemicals Trend Report August 2012

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    18. Cefic Chemicals Trends Report - October 2012

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    19. Cefic Chemicals Trends Report (December 2012)

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