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12 new substances added to the REACH authorisation list

Earlier this week twelve new substances were added to the authorisation list, annex XIV. The move follows a decision taken in the REACH Committee in December last year.

“ChemSec is very pleased that more substances are added to the authorisation list and that the moratorium introduced by the Commission in 2014 has finally come to an end. We’d like to see the Commission continue adding the other substances recommended by ECHA as soon as possible”, says Frida Hök, ChemSec Policy Advisor.

Of the 12 added substances eight are category 1B substances (toxic for reproduction) with a sunset date of 4 July 2020:

  • 1-bromopropane (n-propyl bromide) (used in washing and cleaning products, and in the manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment);
  • diisopentylphthalate (found in cosmetics);
  • 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid di-C6-8-branched alkyl esters C7-rich (used in the manufacture of dyes, medicine and perfume);
  • 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-11-branched and linear alkyl esters;
  • 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, dipentylester, branched and linear;
  • bis(2-methoxyethyl) phthalate (found in cosmetics);
  • dipentylphthalate; and
  • n-pentyl-isopentylphthalate.

Two substances are carcinogenic (category 1B) and have PBT and vPvB properties with a sunset date of 4 October 2020:

  • anthracene oil (used in dyes); and
  • pitch, coal tar, high temperature.

And two substances have endocrine disrupting properties for the environment and have a sunset date of 4 January 2021:

  • 4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenol, ethoxylated (used in paints and coatings); and
  • 4-nonylphenol, branched and linear, ethoxylated (used as an intermediate in the manufacture of substances used in detergents, paints and personal care products).

 

Notes:

Link to the decision: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32017R0999&from=EN

The “short version” of the 12 substances in this article is originally put together by Chemical Watch.