ECSA Publications

ECSA regularly publishes new or updated documents with scientific and technical information on the products for users and regulators, which you can  read and/or download here.


Storage and Handling of Chlorinated Solvents - September 2016



Fact Sheet  - Closed equipment technology for metal degreasing- February 2008

List of Manufacturers of metal degreasing machines  - March 2010 

ECSA Sustainability Programme - Progress report 2007-2012        


Recommendations for Cleaning Machines - April 2016

Information Sheet for Dry-Cleaners - Jan 2016       


Health Profiles 


Trichloroethylene - Nov 2011  

Perchloroethylene- Dec 2015

Dichloromethane- Dec 2015



Product Safety Summaries

 Trichloroethylene- Nov 2011

 Perchloroethylene- Dec 2015


 Dichloromethane- Dec 2015


Euro Chlor Marine Risk Assessment        

Trichloroethylene (TRI)-  June 1997

Perchloroethylene (PER)- June 1997

Methylene Chloride (DCM)- Feb 1999


Tri Charter - For the safe use of Trichloroethylene - 2007


Erratum: in footnote 1 on page 2 it should read EN 12921-4 and not EN 21921-4








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 thatbelow a threshold there is no risk on cancer formation related to DCM.


Use of Perchloroethylene safe in Germany

October 2016

The German federal authorities (LAS) published a comprehensive guidance on the safe use of PER in dry-cleaning based on German regulations (2. BImSchV being in place since 1993). The  recent exposure study of the LAS (2015) proved that use of PER is safe and showed that following regulations results in very low exposures well below the current German OEL. ECSA supported the English translation of this Guidance.

French Dry-Cleaning shops on fire

October 2016

Dry-cleaners in France have been forced to use alternative (flammable) solvents instead of PER (arête 2345). Since the regulation came into force, several fires have broken out in dry-cleaning shops that did only by chance not result in harm to shop workers and people living in the neighborhood. 

Please see a recent example here




Carbon Tetrachloride

September 2015

The ChlorSolv REACH Consortium has won an appeal against ECHA at ECHA's Board of Appeal (BoA) on performing an animal intensive EOGRTS, which was imposed on the registrants after a CoRAP evaluation in 2012.  (see decision)