Diisocyanates restriction - Information for industrial and professional users

A new restriction on diisocyanates 

On 4 August 2020, a new restriction on diisocyanates was adopted by the European authorities under REACH, targeting respiratory and dermal sensitisation potentially caused by diisocyanates. The new restriction requires training prior to use for adhesives and sealants containing polyurethane.

The restriction can be found in all EU languages via EUR-Lex, the European Union's website offering access to EU law.

There are two important dates to take note of:

24 February 2022

From 24 February 2022 at the latest, all PU products for which safety training is required can be identified by the following statement: 'As of 24 August 2023, adequate training is required before industrial or professional use of this product. Further information available at www.feica.eu/PUinfo.’

24 August 2023

As of 24 August 2023, successfully completed training will be required for all professional and industrial users of products with a total monomeric diisocyanate concentration of > 0.1%. The training does not amend existing health and safety requirements, but is additional to them.

To this end, FEICA, together with ISOPA and ALIPA, the diisocyanate manufacturers’ industry associations, is preparing training material in line with the legal requirements in all the European Union languages. Please click here to view ISOPA and ALIPA’s video on the trainings rollout for the safe use of diisocyanates or visit safeusediisocyanates.eu for more information on training requirements.

The training material will be made available via an e-learning platform. Once the training material is public, the direct link to the training platform will be shared on this page.

The training will be available in other formats, such as on-site training. Please also check for additional national provisions in your country.

More information on PU training is available from the FEICA leaflet 'Diisoyanates restriction compliance for end users of adhesives and sealants'.  

More information on the safe use of PU adhesives and sealants is available at: https://www.feica.eu/our-priorities/safe-use-diisocyanates.

On 26 May 2021, FEICA hosted a webinar titled ‘Complying with the REACH Restriction on Diisocyanates’. The webinar presentation slides can be downloaded here.