ECHA: Eight More Substances to Be Subject to Mandatory Authorization

The ECHA has recommended that the EU Commission include the following eight substances in the REACH Authorization List (Annex XIV). The substances are either reprotoxic or respiratory sensitizers.

  • Lead: Toxic for reproduction and used in the manufacture of batteries, cable sheathing, soldering, various parts of vehicles, machines, and furniture
  • 2-methyl-1-(4-methylthiophenyl)-2-morpholinopropan-1-one: Reprotoxic and used as a photoinitiator in UV-curable coatings, inks, and adhesives
  • 2-benzyl-2-dimethylamino-4′-morpholinobutyrophenone: Reprotoxic and used as a photoinitiator in UV-curable coatings, inks, and adhesives
  • 2-(4-tertbutylbenzyl)propionaldehyde and its individual stereoisomers: Reprotoxic and used as a fragrance in washing and cleaning products, air care products, perfumes, and cosmetics
  • Ethylenediamine: Respiratory sensitizer and used in processing aids, a scavenging agent in refinery streams and corrosion inhibitors, process additive, and in the control of odor emission
  • Glutaral: Respiratory sensitizer used in leather tanning, as a cleaning agent, in polymers, and in the development of X-ray film

No use is registered in REACH for the other two substances that the ECHA recommends for inclusion: Orthoboric acid (sodium salt) and diisohexyl phthalate.

In the next step, the EU Commission must decide which substances to include in the Authorization List. A sunset date is defined for each of the substances. After that date, the substance may no longer be placed on the market or used.

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