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RIVM Releases Report on Hazardous Substances in Textiles

April 20, 2015

The Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has released a report presenting a prioritization method on a chemical's use, potency and hazard classification under the CLP Regulation, for the assessment of hazardous substances that are registered under REACH and used in textiles.

The document has identified 788 individual substances, and 32 were given the highest priority scores. RIVM has noted the need for a realistic exposure model to perform a risk assessment for the compounds identified.

The European Apparel and Textiles Confederation (EURATEX) and the International Dyes and Pigments Manufacturers Association (ETAD) have commended the report, stating it provides “a well-balanced approach” for textile chemicals.

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