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ECHA finds risk management action for acyl glycinates and sarcosinates not necessary

Last week the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a regulatory needs assessment for acyl glycinates and sarcosinates, concluding that the substance group, whose members are commonly used as surfactants and lubricating and cleaning agents in cosmetics, and washing and cleaning products, among others, does not warrant initiating regulatory risk management measures at the EU level given currently available information.

Regulatory context: Assessments of Regulatory Needs

  • The Assessment of Regulatory Needs is an instrument ECHA uses under its Integrated Regulatory Strategy (IRS) “to help authorities conclude on the most appropriate way to address the identified concerns for a group of substances or a single substance.” The IRS interacts with and leverages data from the EU’s main chemicals control legislation – Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on registration, evaluation, authorization, and restriction of chemicals (REACH) and Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 on classification, labeling and packaging (CLP) – to expedite the risk management process by which hazardous substances are identified and subject to regulatory measures that protect human health and the environment.

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