ECSA works to support the long-term sustainability of the chlorinated solvent industry.
The association defines and promotes safe practice as well as commissions toxicological studies to further increase our knowledge of the products.

About Chlorinated Solvents

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Methylene chloride used in closed systems e.g. pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals and process chemicals.

Perchloroethylene used in dry-cleaners, in industrial textile treatment and for metal surface cleaning.

Trichloroethylene used into the production of other chemicals such as refrigeration or air conditioning systems.

Safety & Technology

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ECSA Guidance on Storage and Handling is intended to help distributors and users of chlorinated solvents to handle those products safely and with care, thus protecting human health and environment against possible negative impact.

Download the Guide in English, French, Italian, German or Russian.

Regulatory Compliance

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The ECSA Information Sheet for dry-cleaners has been updated to reflect the current legislation on perchloroethylene (PER) in dry-cleaning and to answer questions from the public that we have addressed to dry-cleaning associations.

Download the lastest version of the ECSA Information Sheet for dry-cleaners


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ECSA analyzed 60 applications and summarized recommendations for a safe & sustainable use of the chlorinated solvents in an online toolbox. This Product & Application Toolbox contains recommendations for more than 350 individual activities.

Consult the Product & Application Toolbox.

PER in a nutshell

December 2015

 The reference document "PER in a nutshell" is now available in 2015 updated version in 7 languages

Carbon Tetrachloride

September 2015

The ChlorSolv REACH Consortium has launched an appeal to ECHA’s Board of Appeal against the ECHA decision following the CoRAP 2012 process (substance evaluation). ECHA Board of Appeal has cancelled the ECHA decision. (see annoucement)

Methylene Chloride

December 2014

The UK authorities vote amendments to REACH and allow trained & certified professionals to use DCM based paint strippers.




October 2014

Perchloroethylene out of CoRap with no further data requirements 

Download the ECSA News Release "No further information request" for the popular dry-cleaning solvent" (PDF)