On January 19, 2021, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced adding several organotin compounds to the candidate list of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) under REACH. This group of compounds includes dioctyltin dilaurate (CAS 3648-18-8) as well as stannane, dioctyl-, bis(coco acyloxy) (CAS 91648-39-4) and its C12 derivatives. Their addition to the SVHC list follows a public consultation held by ECHA in September 2020 (FPF reported).

According to the FCCdb resource (FPF reported), the organotin compounds can be used as additives and catalysts in the production of food contact plastics, coatings, silicones, and printing inks. These substances, however, have been linked to reproductive toxicity, including adverse effects on sexual function, fertility, and developmental toxicity in offspring.

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ECHA (January 19, 2021). “Candidate List updated with two chemicals that are toxic for reproduction.” 

ECHA (January 11, 2021). Inclusion of substances of very high concern in the Candidate List for eventual inclusion in Annex XIV.” (pdf)

SGS (February 2, 2021). “EU SVHC candidate list updated to contain 211 entries.