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    Please review the latest newsletter (2020-01) that highlights the current state of the first GCCA-sponsored authorisations to enter into force, and identifies key activities European downstream users must take to comply with the applicable authorisation decisions (with associated schedules).
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On 9–10 July 2019, the European Commission voted to approve the REACH authorisations sponsored by the Global Chromates Consortium for Aerospace (GCCA) covering use of chromium trioxide, sodium chromate, potassium dichromate and sodium dichromate containing products imported into the EEA for aerospace and defence use, granting a 7-year review period from the Sunset Date of 21 September 2017.

The GCCA-sponsored authorisations for chromium trioxide and sodium chromate entered into force (‘date of adoption’) in the EU (and wider EEA) on 29 October 2019 and potassium dichromate entered into force on 5 November 2019. The entry into force of the sodium dichromate authorisation is expected to follow early in 2020. As such, the clock is now ticking on a number of actions that will need to be taken by downstream users.

Further, during the 19-20 November 2019 REACH Committee Meeting, the GCCA-sponsored authorisations for dichromiuim (tris)chromate and strontium chromate were voted on and approved by the European Commission’s REACH Committee. Although the exact timing is not yet known, these authorisations are expected to enter into force in the first quarter of 2020.

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For more information or inquiries, please contact Dianne Green or Sue Bullock.

Dianne Green

Principal Consultant

T: +1 513 563 3542

Sue Bullock

Principal

T: +44 1132 457 552

Related Documents

PRESS RELEASE
RAC and SEAC Draft Opinions on applied for REACH authorisations of certain uses of Chromium trioxide, Sodium chromate, Potassium dichromate and Sodium dichromate in the aerospace industries (5 September 2017)

PRESS RELEASE
Applications for REACH authorisations of certain uses of Dichromium (tris)chromate and Strontium chromate in the aerospace industries – public consultation (5 September 2017)

The following table provides relevant deadlines pertaining to the GCCA Authorisations:

Substance Authorisation No. DSU to comply with updated e-SDS Implement worker air monitoring programmes Send ECHA worker and environmental monitoring data
Chromium trioxide REACH/19/29/0 24 January 2020 24 April 2020 24 October 2020
Sodium chromate – Use 1 REACH/19/32/0
REACH/19/32/1
24 January 2020 24 April 2020 24 October 2020
Sodium chromate – Use 2 REACH/19/32/2
REACH/19/32/3
24 January 2020 24 April 2020 24 October 2020
Potassium dichromate REACH/19/31/0 29 January 2020 29 April 2020 29 October 2020
Sodium dichromate Not yet available TBD TBD TBD
Dichromium (tris)chromate Not yet available TBD TBD TBD
Strontium chromate Not yet available TBD TBD TBD

More information can be found below and in the GCCA News Bulletins:

GCCA has prepared AfAs for the following hexavalent chromium substances/use(s)/ applicant(s)/authorisation holder(s).

Chromium trioxide1

CAS No 1333-82-0/EC No 215-607-8

Use
Chemical conversion and slurry coating applications by the aerospace sector2, where any of the following key functionalities or properties is necessary for the intended use: corrosion resistance, active corrosion inhibition, adhesion promotion and reproducibility (for chemical conversion coating), corrosion protection, heat resilience, hot corrosion resistance, resistance to humidity and hot water, thermal shock resistance, adhesion and flexibility (for slurry coating)3

Authorisation Holder: Wesco Aircraft

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Sodium chromate

CAS No 7775-11-3/EC No 231-889-5

Uses

  1. Formulation of mixtures for sealing after anodizing, chemical conversion coating, pickling and etching applications by the aerospace sector.
  2. Sealing after anodizing, chemical conversion coating, pickling and etching applications by the aerospace sector, where any of the following key functionalities or properties is necessary for the intended use: for the pickling/etching process - etch rate, intergranular attack/end grain pitting, surface contamination, fatigue testing, tensile testing, surface roughness, impact to shot peen compressive layer; and for the chemical conversion coating and sealing after anodising process - corrosion resistance, active corrosion inhibition, adhesion promotion, chemical resistance, layer thickness, electrical properties4

Authorisation Holder: Boeing Distribution, Inc. (formerly Aviall Services Inc5) and Wesco Aircraft

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Potassium dichromate

CAS Nos 7775-11-3/EC No 231-906-6

Uses
Sealing after anodizing applications by the aerospace sector, where the key functionalities of corrosion resistance or corrosion inhibition are necessary for the intended use6

Authorisation Holder: Wesco Aircraft

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Sodium dichromate

CAS No 10588-01-9, 7789-12-0/EC No 234-190-3

Use
Sealing after anodizing applications by the aerospace sector, where the key functionalities of corrosion resistance or corrosion inhibition are necessary for the intended use7

Applicant: Wesco Aircraft

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Dichromium (tris) chromate

CAS No 24613-89-6 / EC No 246-356-2

Use
Chemical conversion coating applications by aerospace and defence sector where any of the following key functionalities or properties is necessary for the intended use: corrosion resistance, active corrosion inhibition, adhesion promotion, chemical resistance, layer thickness, electrical properties8

Applicant: Wesco

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Strontium chromate

CAS No 7789-06-2 / EC No 232-142-6

Use
Use in primers applied by aerospace and defence sector where any of the following key functionalities or properties is necessary for the intended use: corrosion resistance, active corrosion inhibition, adhesion promotion, thermal shock resistance and chemical resistance

Applicant: Wesco; PPG; and Cytec

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  1. This authorisation covers only liquid formulations.
  2. Aerospace sector includes companies principally engaged in carrying out the design, development, manufacture, maintenance, modification, overhaul, repair, or support of civil or military aerospace and defence equipment, systems, or structures, plus any derivative uses.
  3. The authorisation for the use of chromium trioxide is not granted for chemical conversion and slurry coating applications by the aerospace sector where none of the key functionalities listed in the use is necessary for the intended use.
  4. The authorisation for the use of sodium chromate for sealing after anodizing, chemical conversion coating, pickling and etching applications by the aerospace sector is not granted for this use where none of the key functionalities listed in the use is necessary.
  5. Boeing Distribution, Inc. (formerly Aviall Services Inc.) is also an applicant for additional chromate authorisations, including Chromium trioxide (0032-01, 0032-02, 0032-03, 0032-04, 0032-05, 0032-06), Strontium chromate (0046-01, 0046-02), Potassium hydroxyoctaoxodizincatedichromate (0047-01, 0047-02), and Pentazinc chromate octahydroxide (0118-01, 0118-02). These have not yet been decided by the European Commission.
  6. The authorisation for the use of potassium dichromate is not granted for sealing after anodizing applications by the aerospace sector where none of the key functionalities listed are necessary for the intended use.
  7. The authorisation for the use of sodium dichromate is not granted for sealing after anodizing applications by the aerospace sector where none of the key functionalities listed are necessary for the intended use.
  8. The authorisation for the use of dichromium (tris)chromate is not granted for chemical conversion coating applications by the aerospace and defence sector where none of the key functionalities listed are necessary for the intended use.
  9. The authorisation for the use of strontium chromate is not granted for primer applications by the aerospace and defence sector where none of the key functionalities listed are necessary for the intended use.
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