ECHA Proposes Adding New Substances to EU's REACH Authorization List

Published December 2, 2015

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) seeks comments on a proposal to include several new substances in the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Authorization list. The list is made up of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs), which are defined as “certain substances that may have serious and often irreversible effects on human health and the environment.” The agency is considering recommending the following substances to the Authorization list:

  • dihexyl phthalate and 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, dihexyl ester, branched and linear (plasticizer in PVC)
  • HHPA and MHHPA (hardener for epoxy resins)
  • trixylyl phosphate (in lubricants, hydraulic fluids, and plastics production)
  • two boron compounds: sodium perborate (also known as perboric acid, sodium salt) and sodium peroxometaborate (in detergents and bleaching products)
  • four lead compounds: orange lead (lead tetroxide), lead monoxide (lead oxide), tetralead trioxide sulphate, and pentalead tetraoxide sulphate (batteries and rubber production, in adsorbents)

According to ECHA, substances that are included in the Authorization list can only be placed on the market or used after a given date if an authorization is granted to a company for a specific use. The agency requests comments on the priority of the substances, their uses, and possible exemptions from the authorization requirement. Comments are due by Feb. 18, 2016.

For more information, see ECHA’s press release.

There are currently 31 substances on the REACH Authorization list and 163 on the candidate list for authorization. For more information, visit the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Web page on addressing chemicals of concern.