Cobalt compounds used for surface treatment face restrictions under annex XVII of the REACH chemical regulation, according to a draft European Commission regulation sent to the Council of Ministers this week.
The compounds were among several substances that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recommended for inclusion in annex XIV of REACH in December last year.
Companies wanting to use the substances appearing in this annex, which is more commonly known as the authorisation list, must seek EU approval first.
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