Marketing and Use Restrictions
A directive (76/769/EEC ) agreed in 1976 created a legal structure for harmonizing controls on chemicals across the EU. This directive tends to be used as a reactive tool, after a Member State has raised concerns about a specific chemical. Restrictions agreed under this directive usually only limit substances for specific uses, rather than banning them completely.
Chemicals with certain classifications, for example class 1 and 2 carcinogens, mutagens and reproductive toxins (CMRs), are automatically restricted such that they cannot be sold to the public as substances or in preparations.
The full list of restrictions are listed in Annex 1 of the Directive, which is frequently amended; the latest list is available from the European Commission's Restrictions web site.