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'Sunset dates' set for another eight substances as authorisation list expands

The European Commission has backed a proposal put forward by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to include another eight substances in the REACH Annex XIV, the authorisation list.

This means that a total of 14 substances are now listed in the REACH Annex XIV. However that is only one per cent of the 1,400 substances highlighted by the European Commission in their White Paper as possible candidates for authorisation in the discussions leading up to REACH. At this pace, it will take hundreds of years before all these known hazardous substances are included on the REACH authorisation list.

– We welcome this new addition to the authorisation list, but the speed at which this list is growing is very troubling. These substances were suggested by ECHA back in 2010

After the established sunset dates in 2015, these substances will be banned in the EU unless an authorisation has been granted for a specific use. The responsibility for seeking authorisation lies solely with the producer, importer or user of a substance. The eight substances are:

  • 2,4-dinitrotoluene (2,4-DNT)
  • Di-isobutylphthalate (DIBP)
  • Diarsenic trioxide
  • Diarsenic pentaoxide
  • Lead chromate
  • Lead sulfochromate yellow (CI Pigment Yellow 34)
  • Lead chromate molybdate sulphate red (CI Pigment Red 104)
  • Tris(2-chloroethyl)phosphate (TCEP)

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