Scientists hint at new chloroparaffin curbs

EU toxicology committee says even tighter restrictions may be needed but wants more research first

EU controls on short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) may need to be extended even further than suggested by a revised risk assessment, according to the European Commission's scientific toxicology committee. But the expert panel says more research is needed before it can recommend further restrictions.

The EU introduced marketing and use bans on SCCPs in metal and leatherworking in 2002 following a 1997 risk assessment. An updated assessment produced by UK authorities in February highlighted greater risks from SCCPs in rubber, textiles and some industrial wastes than previously thought.

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