On September 5, 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published its ninth recommendation of substances to be included in Annex XIV of REACH (Authorization List). The list features, among others, bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7) and 2-ethylhexyl 10-ethyl-4,4-dioctyl-7-oxo-8-oxa-3,5-dithia-4-stannatetradecanoate (DOTE, CAS 15571-58-1). Both substances are included in in the Union List of substances authorized for use in plastic food contact materials (FCMs) (Annex I of Regulation (EU) No 10/2011), the ESCO working group list of non-plastic FCMs, and the FACET inventory of FCMs. Other recommended substances, potentially relevant for FCMs, are cyclohexane-1,2-dicarboxylic anhydride and isomers (HHPA, CAS 85-42-7), hexahydromethylphthalic anhydride and isomers (MHHPA, CAS 25550-51-0), 2-methoxyethanol (CAS 109-86-4), and 2-ethoxyethanol (CAS 110-80-5).

A public consultation to provide comments on ECHA’s proposal is open until December 5, 2018.

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ECHA (September 5, 2018). “Public consultation on 18 substances proposed for authorisation under REACH.

Chemical Watch (September 6, 2018). “ECHA proposes 18 substances for REACH Annex XIV.