The ECHA plans to add eight substances of very high concern (SVHC) to Annex XIV of the REACH Authorization List and requests the submission of information on their use by May 2, 2022. It issued the related press release on February 2.
The chemicals involved include:
- 2-benzyl-2-dimethylamino-4′-morpholinobutyrophenone: The chemical is considered toxic for reproduction and is used as a photoinitiator in the manufacture of formulations, packaging, coatings, adhesives, and inks.
- Ethylenediamine: The chemical is a respiratory sensitizer and is used to inhibit corrosion.
- Glutaral: The aldehyde irritates the respiratory tract and is used in leather tanning and as a cleaning agent.
- Lead: The element is toxic for reproduction and is used primarily in the manufacture of batteries, cable sheathing, and soldering.
- 2-methyl-1-(4-methylthiophenyl)-2-morpholinopropan-1-one: The substance is classified as reprotoxic and is used as a photoinitiator in UV-curable coatings, inks, and adhesives.
- 2-(4-tertbutylbenzyl)propionaldehyde: The aldehyde and its individual stereoisomers are considered reprotoxic and are used as a fragrance in washing and cleaning products, air care products, perfumes, and cosmetics. It smells like lilies of the valley.
The candidates for inclusion on the list also include two substances not registered under REACH: diisohexylphthalate and orthoboric acid (sodium salt).
For ECHA, the selection criteria for inclusion in the REACH authorization list are the information on uses, hazardous properties and substance quantities used contained in the registration dossiers.
When the consultation ends at the beginning of May, the ECHA will use the information it has to reevaluate the authorization details and then report its recommendation to the EU Commission in early 2023.
The EU Commission ultimately decides if a substance is included in Annex XIV. If it is, companies must submit an authorization request when they want to use the substance.
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