Box regulationThe glycol ether producers in Europe are working together in a consortium to address the REACH registration requirement for certain members of the glycol ethers family. For further information please see the Consortia page and for more details please contact the Consortium Manager.


The Derived No Effect Levels (DNEL) and Predicted No Effect Concentrations (PNEC) for certain members were developed in the course of the registration under REACH for each member of the glycol ether family based on the available human hazard and environmental effect data. The values for the each glycol ether can be found here in the published data of the registration dossiers.


The European Solvents Industry Group (ESIG) has developed an approach of generic exposure scenarios (GES) for solvents that the consortium has used for the glycol ether family. Solvents are clustered by hazard and volatility; the uses of solvents are clustered by a combination of their hazard profile and key physico-chemical properties i.e. different use combinations that represent similar risks and are controlled using similar risk management approaches

Other Regulations

EU Regulation 1272/2008 on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures.
EU Directive 80/1107/EEC on “Protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to chemical, physical and biological agents at work”.
EU Directive 89/391/EEC on “Measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health of workers at work” and their respective daughter directives.
EU Directive 91/322/EEC on “Indicative limit values”
EU Directive 98/24/EC on “Protection of the health and safety of workers from the risks related to chemical agents at work”.