EU to ban nonylphenols and chromium cement

Commission proposes marketing restrictions based on EU risk assessment results

EU marketing and use restrictions on nonylphenols and cement containing high levels of hexavalent chromium have been proposed by the European Commission. If agreed by governments and the European parliament, the curbs will enter into force around mid-2004.

Nonylphenol (NP) is used to produce resins and plastics and as a precursor of nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE) for speciality detergents and paints. Both are toxic to human reproduction and have been risk assessed under the EU's existing substances review programme (EED 21/01/02).

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