ECHA Adds Four Substances to the REACH Candidate List

ECHA Adds Four Substances to the REACH Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added four more substances to the REACH Candidate List, and companies that work with polymers during the manufacturing process have cause to evaluate substance concentrations in their products.

The updates bring the total number of substances on the list to 201. 

The update contributes to further expansions to the regulatory landscape surrounding hazardous substances. Every year, more substances are added to the REACH Candidate List, which is composed of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) that may be added to the Authorisation List in the future. If they are eventually included, companies that leverage the substances will need to apply for permission to use them with consideration of their specific use case. 

The four substances are:

  • 2-methoxyethyl acetate.
    • Reason for inclusion: Toxic for reproduction (Article 57 (c)). 
    • Use case example: Not registered under REACH.
  • Tris(4-nonylphenyl, branched and linear) phosphite (TNPP) with ≥ 0.1 percent weight by weight (w/w) of 4-nonylphenol, branched and linear (4-NP). 
    • Reason for inclusion: Endocrine-disrupting properties (Article 57(f) – environment). 
    • Use case example: As an antioxidant to stabilize polymers.
  • 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-2-(heptafluoropropoxy)propionic acid, its salts and its acyl halides (covering any of their individual isomers and combinations thereof). 
    • Reason for inclusion: Equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects on the environment (Article 57(f) – environment), equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects on human health (Article 57(f) – human health).
    • Use case example: As a processing aid in the manufacture of fluorinated polymers.
  • 4-tert-butylphenol
    • Reason for inclusion: Endocrine-disrupting properties (Article 57(f) – environment).
    • Use case example: Used in coating products, polymers, adhesives and sealants, and for the synthesis of other substances.

Learn more about Assent’s REACH Module, and find out how we can help your program navigate updates to the Candidate List.

How to Respond to this REACH Candidate List Update

If you have already acquired the full composition of your products, you can check this data to determine whether these substances have been used on their own or within a mixture for manufacture. If they are present above the 0.1 percent w/w threshold, you will have communication obligations to your clients, with a six-month deadline to report. You may also wish to consider using a safer alternative substance in the production of future inventory. 

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