The Candidate List of the European REACh Regulation was updated on January 19, 2021 with the addition of 2 substances. The List now contains 211 chemicals of very high concern. The 2 new entries are those that were proposed during the public consultation organized in September 2020.
Substances added to the Candidate List on 19 January 2021:
- Bis(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl) ether (CAS 143-24-8) : this glycol ether, also called Tetraglyme, is a solvent with various industrial uses, in particular as an additive for fixing melamine-based resins applied to cotton or cellulosic fibres (application on textiles so-called "easy care" textiles, with easy maintenance, for example not requiring ironing) [source: ECHA document].
- Several organic compounds of tin grouped together in a single entry, Sweden reminds in its dossier that mono and di-substituted organotin are used in many sectors of activity, in particular as stabilizers and catalysts in the production of plastics and rubber. The following compounds are included in this entry:
- Dioctyltin dilaurate (CAS 3648-18-8): the Swedish dossier mentions the use of this substance in the manufacture of leathers, textiles and plastics.
- Stannane, dioctyl-, bis(coco acyloxy) derivs. (CAS 91648-39-4) ;
- And all compounds identified as "any other stannane, dioctyl-, bis (fatty acyloxy) derivs. Wherein C12 is the predominant carbon number of the fatty acyloxy moiety" (no CAS number).
As a reminder, SVHC substances are neither prohibited nor restricted in articles. They are subject to a downstream communication obligation if their concentration exceeds 0.1% by mass in an article (1000 mg / kg). Since January 5, 2021, companies must also make a notification in the European SCIP database of ECHA in the event of the presence of SVHC substances at more than 0.1% in their articles.
Link to the official Candidate List on the ECHA website
Link to ECHA statement of 19/01/2021
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