RAC adopts opinion on harmonized classification of ZPT


October 18, 2018

On September 19, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that its Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) adopted 14 opinions on harmonized classification and labeling of chemicals. Amongst others, RAC agreed to classify ZPT (Pyrithione zinc) as a substance that may damage the unborn child (Repr. 1B; H360D), toxic if swallowed (Acute Tox. 3, fatal if inhaled (Acute Tox. 2l), causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure (STOT RE 1), and causing serious eye damage (Eye Dam. 1). RAC further agreed to classify ZPT for aquatic hazards Aquatic Acute 1 and Aquatic Chronic 1, adding a multiplying factor of 1000 for aquatic acute hazard and a multiplying factor of 10 for chronic aquatic hazard.

This decision was taken after several rounds of public consultations, initiated in May 2017, followed by a targeted public consultation on the developmental toxicity of ZPT in March 2018, and a second targeted public consultation on the aquatic toxicity of ZPT in June 2018.

ZPT is an existing active substance in the BPR review programme for product types 2, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 21.

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