On December 22, 2020, testing provider SGS reported on the publication of EU Regulation 2020/2096 that revises Annex XVII of the restriction of chemicals under the EU’s REACH regulation. SGS summarizes that the new regulation contains a range of changes regarding both the restricted substances as well as the language used within the regulation. These updates include:

  • Removal of several chemicals that are now regulated separately under the EU’s new regulation on persistent organic pollutants (POP) following the EU’s POPs Recast (FPF reported)
  • Revising language to align the regulation with that used in the EU’s regulation on classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP)
  • Adding the classification of carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic (CMR) category 1A and/or 1B to multiple substances including three polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) as well as diisohexyl phthalate (DIHP; CAS 146-50-9)
  • Replacing the previous list of harmonized standards for proving compliance with use of azo colorants

The new law is set to come into force in several phases and be fully legally binding by October 1, 2021.

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SGS (December 22, 2020). “EU Revises ANNEX XVII of REACH.”

Chemical Watch (January 13, 2021). “European Commission adopts amendments to REACH Annex XVII.


European Union (December 15, 2020). “Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/2096 of 15 December 2020 amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council.”