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EU REACH: Public Consultation of the 22nd update of Candidate List

SEPTEMBER 2019 - Relevant for: Electrical and electronics, Hardlines, softlines, toys and childrens products

On 3 September 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched public consultation for the 22nd update of the REACH Candidate List1. The public consultation will end on 18 October 2019.

Four (4) substances were proposed. If all of the proposed substances are identified as substances of very high concern (SVHCs), the total number of SVHCs listed on the Candidate List will increase from 201 to 205 in December 2019 or January 2020.

Table A gives the substance names, identification numbers (CAS and EC), the reason(s) for proposing and their potential application(s).

Table A. List of proposed SVHCs to be included in the Candidate List under this public consultation

Substance Name

CAS Number (EC Number)

Reason(s) for proposing

Potential Application  

2-benzyl-2-dimethylamino-4'-morpholinobutyrophenone 

71868-10-5
(400-600-6)

Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)

  • Used as photoinitiator in polymer production;
  • Main applications in high speed inks such as flexo, offset litho and UV ink jet.

2-methyl-1-(4-methylthiophenyl)-2-morpholinopropan-1-one

119313-12-1
(404-360-3)

Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)

  • Used as photoinitiator in polymer production;
  • Main applications in high offset and flexo inks, UV ink-jet, etch resists, printing plates and solder masks.

Diisohexyl phthalate

71850-09-4
(276-090-2)

Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)

  • This substance is a component (the branched form) of 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, dihexyl ester, branched and linear (EC 271-093-5; CAS 68515-50-4), which has same potential uses as other phthalates (e.g. as sealant, plasticiser in polymers etc.).

Perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) and its salts

-(-) 

Equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects on the environment (Article 57f)
Equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects on human health (Article 57f) 

 

  • PFBS’ potassium salt is used as a flame retardant in polycarbonate, used mainly in electrical and electronic equipment;
  • Tetraethylammonium perfluorobutane sulfonate is used in metal (chromium) plating;
  • Tetrabutylphosphonium perfluorobutane sulfonate is used as an anti-static additive for plastics;
  • PFBS-related substances which may degrade to PFBS during use are used as water and stain repellent protection for leather, textiles and carpets, and in many cases the specific substances used are side-chain fluorinated polymers.

 

[1] The public consultation webpage (with Annex XV dossiers that includes possible end uses of the proposed SVHCs) 

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