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ECHA Consults on Recommending Five Substances for Authorization List

Once substances are added to the list, companies will need to apply for authorisation to continue using them.

On February 7, 2024, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) released a draft 12th recommendation to the European Commission, which recommends the inclusion of 5 substances to the REACH Authorisation List.

ECHA is looking for further information on the uses of these substances in scope of authorization, their possible exemptions from the authorisation requirement and on the structure and complexity of the supply chains. The consultations are open until May 7, 2024.  

The proposed list of substances with examples of uses in the scope of authorization are presented below:

Substance nameSVHC-relevant intrinsic propertyVolume range in scope of authorization (t/y)Examples of uses in the scope of authorization
1MelamineEquivalent level of concern having probable serious effects to human health (Article 57(f) - human health). Equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects to the environment (Article 57(f) - environment)> 10,000 t/yuse as additive in foams and coatings, use in resins
2Bis(2-ethylhexyl) tetrabromophthalate covering any of the individual isomers and/or combinations thereofvPvB (Article 57e)100 - 1,000 t/yuse in the production of rubber articles, in plastics, in adhesives and sealants, in foam
3S-(tricyclo[ 2,6]deca-3- en-8(or 9)-yl) O-(isopropyl or isobutyl or 2-ethylhexyl) O- (isopropyl or isobutyl or 2- ethylhexyl) phosphorodithioatePBT (Article 57d)100 –<1,000 t/yuse in lubricants and greases e.g. in vehicles or machinery
4Diphenyl(2,4,6- trimethylbenzoyl)phosphine oxideToxic for reproduction (Article 57 c)1,000 -< 10,000 t/yuse as photoinitiator in UV-curable inks, coatings and adhesives
5Barium diboron tetraoxideToxic for reproduction (Article 57c)100 -<1,000 t/yuse in coatings and paints, thinners, paint removers

The draft recommendation can be accessed here.


ECHA has the legal obligation to regularly recommend substances from the Candidate List for the EU Commission to include in the Authorisation List. Substances recommended to be included in the Authorization List are considered to be of very high concern (SVHC), either because of their hazardous properties or because of their widespread use in consumer products.


Once a substance is included in the Authorisation List, producer, importer or downstream users need to apply for authorization before the latest application date to continue using or placing it on the European Economic Area (EEA) market. Without authorization, its use or placement will be banned after given sunset date. 

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