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REACH: Potassium dichromate potentially subject to authorisation

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The European Chemical Agency (ECHAi) has issued a draft recommendation for the inclusion of Potassium dichromate on the List of Substances Subject to Authorisation (Annex XIV of REACHi). Potassium dichromate is used in small quantities as a laboratory chemical to test the chromium (VI) content of cement. In June 2010, ECHA placed this substance on the candidate list because of its harmonised classification as carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic for reproduction category 1B. If it becomes subject to authorisation, each manufacturer of potassium dichromate would have to apply for authorisation of all uses of the substance (unless there are any uses which are not subject to authorisation).

The consultation on this draft recommendation will close on 14 September 2011. In particular, ECHA is requesting input on which uses should be exempt from the authorisation requirement.

More information:
ECHA background document
Consultation on draft recommendation