On 4 August 2020, a new restriction on diisocyanates was adopted by the European authorities under REACH. It targets respiratory and dermal sensitisation potentially caused by diisocyanates. All professional and industrial users of products with a total monomeric diisocyanate concentration of > 0.1% will need to be trained and certified by 24 August 2023 in how to handle products containing diisocyanates safely.
FEICA, in coordination with ISOPA and ALIPA, the diisocyanate manufacturers’ industry associations, is preparing training material for use by its members and by adhesive or sealant users. We expect it to become available as of February 2022, early enough for all users of PU products to be trained and certified by 24 August 2023. In addition, the legal requirements should appear on packaging as of 24 February 2022.
The FEICA Technical Working Group PU Restriction created an updated leaflet explaining what the restriction means exactly, how the required training is developing and what the implementation of the timeline is exactly.