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ECHA Updates the REACH Candidate List by Adding Seven Substances

Published on 2011-06-21. Author : SpecialChem

Seven new substances have been added to the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) for authorisation. Companies manufacturing or importing these substances, or articles containing the substances, need to check their potential obligations that result from the listing.

Following unanimous agreement of the Member State Committee, ECHA has added seven substances to the Candidate List, which are carcinogenic and/or toxic for reproduction. The list now contains 53 substances in total.

Substance name

Proposed SVHC properties

Potential uses *

2-Ethoxyethyl Acetate

Art. 57 (c), toxic for reproduction

No registration for 2-ethoxyethylacetate has been submitted to ECHA. Hence the substance seems not to be manufactured in or imported to the EU in quantities above 1 t/y. Main uses in the past were as solvent in coatings and in the chemical industry, but also as intermediate in the manufacture of cyanoacrylate adhesives.

Strontium chromate

Art. 57 (a), carcinogenic

Strontium chromate is mainly used as corrosion inhibitor in coating mixtures used in the aeronautic/aerospace sector, in the coil coating sector of steel and aluminium and in the vehicle coating sector.

1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-11-branched and linear alkyl esters (DHNUP)

Art. 57 (c), toxic for reproduction

No registration for DHNUP has been submitted to ECHA. Hence the substance seems not to be manufactured in or imported to the EU in quantities above 1 t/y. Main uses in the past were as plasticiser in PVC, foam, adhesives and coatings.

Hydrazine

Art. 57 (a), carcinogenic

Hydrazine is mainly used as intermediate in the manufacture of hydrazine derivatives, as a monomer in polymerisations, as a corrosion inhibitor in water treatment and for metal reduction and refining of chemicals. It is also used as a propellant for aerospace vehicles and as fuel in military (emergency) power units.

1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone

Art. 57 (c), toxic for reproduction

1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone is mainly used as solvent in coatings, cleaning products, for electronic equipment manufacture, as well as in semiconductor industry, petrochemical processing, pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals.

1,2,3-trichloropropane

Art. 57 (a) & (c), carcinogenic & toxic for reproduction

1,2,3-trichloropropane is mainly used as intermediate in the manufacture of chlorinated solvents and agricultural products. It is also used as monomer. In the past 1,2,3-trichloropropane was used as solvent, paint and varnish remover and as degreasing agent.

1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-8-branched alkyl esters, C7-rich (DIHP) Art. 57 (c), toxic for reproduction

No registration for DIHP has been submitted to ECHA. Hence the substance seems not to be manufactured in or imported to the EU in quantities above 1 t/y. Main uses in the past were as plasticiser in PVC and in sealants, coatings and potentially printing inks.

Cobalt dichloride

Art. 57 (c), toxic for reproduction

Cobalt dichloride is mainly used as intermediate in the manufacture of other cobalt compounds, in tyre adhesion additives, organic textile dyes, and drying agents for paints. Furthermore it is used in surface treatment processes, as water treatment / corrosion inhibition chemical, as colourant or for discolouring in the production of inorganic pigments & frits, glass, and ceramic ware, in varistors and magnets, as well as in humidity indicators.

In addition, the entry on the Candidate List for cobalt dichloride has been updated due to its classification as toxic for reproduction. Cobalt dichloride was originally identified as an SVHC in October 2008 because of its classification as carcinogenic.

As foreseen by REACH, ECHA will regularly recommend to the European Commission that substances prioritised from the Candidate List are included in the Authorisation List (Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation).

Beyond possible other obligations, producers and importers of articles shall notify ECHA within six months after a substance has been included in the Candidate List, if the substance is present in those articles in quantities totalling over one tonne per producer or importer per year and if the substance is present in those articles above a concentration of 0.1 % weight by weight.

*The information on the potential uses of these substances is based on information provided in the Annex XV dossiers prepared by ECHA and the submitting Member States, available registration data and on comments received during public consultation on the substances and may not necessarily provide a complete overview of all uses.

About ECHA

ECHA is working to improve the quality of life by ensuring the safe use of chemicals and by fostering innovation. The company is an Agency of the European Union. The mission of the European Chemicals Agency is to:

  • Manage all REACH and CLP tasks by carrying out or co-coordinating the necessary activities
  • Ensure a consistent implementation at Community level
  • Provide Member States and the European institutions with the best possible scientific advice on questions related to the safety and the socio-economic aspects of the use of chemicals.

Source: ECHA


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