On 5 November, the Danish Environment Minister announced that the Member States representatives in an EU legislative committee ("comitology committee") have approved the proposed restriction on chromium VI in leather goods which are intended to come into contact with the skin. If the restriction enters into force, it will limit the use of chromium VI to 3 mg per kilogram of dry leather. This would apply to products such as leather shoes, handbags and watch straps. According to Denmark, chromium VI can be formed from chromium III during the tanning process, and can cause allergic reactions.
The restriction will enter into force if it is formally adopted by the Member States in the Council and by the European Parliament, which now have three months to scrutinise the proposal. If adopted, it will be included in the “Restriction List” in Annex XVII of the EU’s chemical regulation, REACH.