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The chemical 1-methyl-pyrrolidone (CAS number: EC 212-828-1, CAS 872-50-4), which is more commonly known as NMP, has been added to the European REACH Regulation.

Leather finishers and manufacturers should be aware of this change and be prepared to test materials and samples for the presence of NMP to ensure REACH compliance.

Why has NMP been added to REACH with immediate effect?

ECHA have taken the decision to add NMP to Annex XVII with immediate effect due to the nature of the chemical: NMP is a reprotoxin which can have potentially harmful effects for workers when exposed.

How is NMP used in the manufacture of leather finishes?

As a versatile chemical, NMP may be used in the application of finishes to leather due to its strong adhesive properties and may also be used in the manufacture for synthetic finishes, such as polyurethane (PU), as a stabiliser.

What actions should companies take to ensure their products are chemically compliant with REACH?

BLC recommend that brands, retailers, importers, distributors and materials manufacturers test products and materials for compliance with REACH regulation if those goods are destined for the European Union.

BLC provide a range of REACH testing services to help your business with chemical compliance:

  • REACH SVHC testing and screening service, where we test for the presence of the latest published SVHC list
  • Annex XVII testing for legal compliance – applicable to articles sold & manufactured within Europe
  • Smart testing service for REACH which can save your business significant costs by combining materials

Read more about BLC’s REACH Testing & Chemical Compliance services.

More Technical Support for BLC Members

BLC Members can further benefit from the following REACH compliance tools:

  • Technical advice, including legislative guidance on REACH regulations, through BLC membership
  • Updating Restricted Substance List (RSL) – BLC can provide chemical management, specification and RSL support through membership
  • Access to the SVHC Risk Matrix – BLC’s guide to for members detailing the current SVHCs; their uses, applications, and the risk (high/medium or low) of substances being present in a number of different material categories.

Contact BLC Today to Discuss REACH

To discuss product compliance with REACH regulation, SVHC testing and RSL management, call BLC today on +44 (0) 1604 679 999 to talk to one of our chemical experts. Alternatively, you can complete the contact form at the bottom of this web page, or email info@blcchemicaltesting.com

1-methyl-pyrrolidone (NMP) Added to REACH Regulation