The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has updated Annex XIV of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation, and assigned sunset dates to 12 new substances of very high concern (SVHCs). These SVHCs and their respective ‘sunset dates’ are:

Sunset date: July 4, 2020

1. 1-Bromopropane (n-propyl bromide)

2. Diisopentylphthalate

3. 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-8-branched alkyl esters, C7 rich

4. 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-11-branched and linear alkyl esters

5. 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, dipentylester, branched and linear

6. Bis(2-methoxyethyl) phthalate

7. Dipentylphthalate

8. N-pentyl-isopentylphthalate

Sunset date: October 4, 2020

9. Anthracene oil

10. Pitch, coal tar, high temperature

Sunset date: January 4, 2021

11. 4-(1,1,3,3-Tetramethylbutyl)phenol, ethoxylated

12. 4-Nonylphenol, branched and linear, ethoxylated

Is your company affected by the REACH Regulation? Find out in our REACH Knowledge Article.

These SVHCs were added to the Authorization List for reasons including toxicity for reproductive health, carcinogenic properties and endocrine disrupting properties.

After the sunset date, industry users will no longer be able to import these substances into the EEA without the permission of the ECHA. Companies wishing to continue using the substance in the EEA after the Sunset Date must make an application to the ECHA to do so in advance of the ‘Latest Application Date’. The dates for all SVHCs currently on the Authorization List can be found on the ECHA website.

Updates of this nature to the Authorization List mean companies could experience substantial supply chain interruptions if they do not prepare for compliance in advance of the deadline.

To learn more about how companies should respond to the complexities of the REACH Regulation, click here to download the whitepaper REACH: Applying the New Article Interpretation.

With our team of regulatory experts on hand, Assent Compliance helps companies remain compliant with restricted substance regulations like REACH. Contact us with any questions or comments.

Leila Nasr
Regulatory Writer

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