In an article published on June 15, 2017 regulatory news provider Chemical Watch informs that the European Commission (EC) has added twelve substances of very high concern (SVHCs) to Annex XIV of REACH (“Authorisation List”). Substances in Annex XIV can only be further used by companies if they have been granted authorization by the EC. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recommended to include these substances in Annex XIV already in 2014 (FPF reported) and 2015 (FPF reported).

Eight of the twelve newly added SVHCs are toxic for reproduction: 1-Bromopropane (CAS 106-94-5), diisopentylphthalate (CAS 605-50-5), 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid di-C6-8-branched alkyl esters C7-rich (CAS 71888-89-6), 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-11-branched and linear alkyl esters (CAS 68515-42-4), 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, dipentylester, branched and linear (CAS 84777-06-0), bis(2-methoxyethyl) phthalate (CAS 117-82-8), dipentylphthalate (CAS 131-18-0), and n-pentyl-isopentylphthalate (CAS 776297-69-9).

Two substances are carcinogenic and have persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) as well as very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) properties: Anthracene oil (CAS 90640-80-5), and pitch, coal tar, high temperature (CAS 65996-93-2).

Another two substances have endocrine disrupting (ED) properties for the environment: 4-(1,1,3,3-Tetramethylbutyl)phenol, ethoxylated (no CAS number available) and 4-nonylphenol, branched and linear, ethoxylated (no CAS number available).

1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-11-branched and linear alkyl esters (CAS 68515-42-4), bis(2-methoxyethyl) phthalate (CAS 117-82-8), and 4-nonylphenol are included in the FACET inventory of food contact materials (FCMs).

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Chemical Watch (June 15, 2017). “EU Commission adds 12 substances to REACH authorization list.

ChemSec (June 15, 2017). “12 new substances added to the REACH authorization list.

José Rojo (June 15, 2017). “EU adopts new wave of chemical bans.ENDS Europe

ECHA (June 19, 2017). “12 new substances added to the Authorisation List.