TRI Charter

A voluntary Industry Commitment

ECSA and  the producers of Trichloroethylene have worked proactively with the EU authorities to develop a voluntary industry-wide commitment - the "TRI CHARTER".

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The charter is deemed to ensure adequate control of risks identified in the EU Risk Assessment related to the use of trichloroethylene in surface cleaning by use of closed systems also for installations not covered by the IED directive 2010/75/EU (installations consuming less than one metric ton of Trichloroethylene annually). 

The initiative is complementary to the implementation of the IED directive and has the support of the European Commission and the European Member States.
The charter - signed by all European Trichloroethylene producers - requests that latest by end 2010, trichloroethylene will only be supplied for metal cleaning or degreasing if the user has an enclosed cleaning system and has confirmed that trichloroethylene will only and exclusively be used in enclosed cleaning equipment. 

The charter will help ensure best possible Product Stewardship along the supply chain and by this ensure producers' preparedness for REACH. Additionally, it places users in the position to demonstrate proper risk control, a key factor in the authorization process of REACH to which trichloroethylene is subject.

Read more 

The Charter: ECSA Charter for the Safe Use of Trichloroethylene in Metal Cleaning (pdf)

Fact sheet - Closed equipment technology for metal degreasing with trichloroethylene (pdf)

Non-exhaustive list of manufacturers of metal degreasing machines (pdf)

Declaration of awareness - Voluntary Agreement for the safe use of trichloroethylene (pdf)

Last update : 06/2014

Montreal Protocol Meeting - ECSA & HSIA side event

November 2017

DCM & the ozone layer
24 November 2017 – 13hrs – Montréal

During this side event, we will provide you with scientific facts and figures on the worldwide production, emissions of the VSLS Dichloromethane (DCM) and its negligible contribution to ozone depletion.
We will consider the following criteria: global production by industry and emissions, global natural production, behavior and effect on the atmosphere, regulatory overview for DCM. The full paper is available here. A one-pager summary is also available.
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IOELVs for DCM, CTC and PER published

February 2017

Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs) for DCM, CTC and PER have been published by the EU Commission (cf. DIRECTIVE (EU) 2017/164 of 31.1.2017), which are in line with the REACH DNEL(inhalation) for workers. 
These IOELVs have to be considered by member states for setting national exposure limits (OELs), which they have to accomplish by 21. August 2018. Only national OELs are legally binding for occupational safety, whereas the IOELVs have to be considered by users in case no OELs is set, yet.  The relevant OELs are provided with the SDS of the solvents suppliers (cf. chapter 8.1). 


UBA PMT criteria published

February 2018

The German Environment Agency (UBA, Umweltbundesamt) has published the assessment of "Persistence, Mobility and Toxicity (PMT)" with the desire to protect drinking water sources. Applying conservative criteria for PMT as defined by UBA, perchloroethylene (PER) and trichloroethylene (TRI) appear as number 2 and 3 on the report. UBA also aims to establish PMT as an equivalent concern to identify SVHC substance for authorisation under REACH. ECSA does not consider SVHC identification using PMT criteria as the appropriate tool to improve drinking water quality due to this being a pure hazard based approach and thus does not consider risk. TRI is already listed in Annex XIV (authorisation) and today PER is handled almost exclusively in closed systems with no intentional emission to water or soil. For further information see the ECSA position paper on PER here.

New Study on DCM

October 2016

Together with HSIA, ECSA supported a study to clarify the mode of action of cancer formation for methylene chloride (DCM). A publication is expected soon in a peer reviewed scientific journal. The outcome of the study shows that below a threshold there is no risk on cancer formation related to DCM.