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EU: REACH public consultation for the 28th update of candidate list was launched

SEPTEMBER 2022 - ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS, HARDLINES, SOFTLINES, TOYS AND CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS

On 2 September 2022, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched a public consultation for the 28th update of the REACH Candidate List1. The public consultation will end on 17 October 2022. 

Nine (9) substances were proposed as substances of very high concern (SVHC). If these proposed substances are identified as SVHCs, the total number of SVHCs listed on the Candidate List will increase from 224 to 233 in December 2022 or January 2023.

In particular, TBPPA was proposed as SVHC and the European Commission2 is also investigating whether to include this substance together with medium-chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs) on the list of restricted substances under RoHS Directive. 

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

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

Substance Name CAS Number
(EC Number)
Reason for proposing Potential application
1,1'-[ethane-1,2-diylbisoxy]bis[2,4,6-tribromobenzene] (BTBPE) 37853-59-1 (253-692-3)  vPvB (Article 57e)
  • Used as an additive flame retardant;
  • Used in acrylonitrile butadiene-polystyrene (ABS), high-impact polystyrene (HIPS), thermoplastics, thermoset resins, polycarbonate (PC), coatings and textiles;
  • Used in electric and electronic equipment, such as computers, televisions, mobile cell phones, and construction materials (sealant around window frames).
2,2',6,6'-tetrabromo-4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol (TBBPA) 79-94-7 (201-236-9)  Carcinogenic (Article 57a)
  • Mainly used as intermediate and in polymer articles;
  • Used as a brominated flame retardant in epoxy-coated circuit boards, printed circuit boards, paper and textiles;
  • Used in thermoplastic electrical and electronic equipment components, e.g. housings that consist of ABS plastic;
4,4'-sulphonyldiphenol (BPS) 80-09-1 (201-250-5)

Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c);

Endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) – environment);

Endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) – human health) 

  •  Used as an alternative to BPA in thermal paper;
  •  Used as a monomer in the production of polyethersulfone 
  • (PESU), synthetic tanning agent and leather tanning;
     Used in manufacturing and recycling of paper;
  • Used as monomer or resin in the production of food contact material and adhesives.
Barium diboron tetraoxide 13701-59-2
(237-222-4)
Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)
  •  Used in coatings, paints, thinners and paint removes
Bis(2-ethylhexyl) tetrabromophthalate  covering any of the individual isomers  and/or combinations thereof (TBPH)

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(-)

vPvB (Article 57e)
  • Used in the manufacture of plastic products and rubber products;
  • Used as an additive flame retardant in polyurethane (PU) foam;
  • Used as a flame retardant and as a plasticizer for flexible polyvinylchloride (PVC) for use in wire and cable insulation, film and sheeting, carpet backing, coated fabrics, wall coverings and adhesives.
Isobutyl 4-hydroxybenzoate 4247-02-3
(224-208-8)
Endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) – human health)
  • Used in coating products, fillers, putties, plasters, modelling clay, inks and toners;
  • Used as intermediate and laboratory reagent.
Melamine 108-78-1
(203-615-4)

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

Equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects to the environment (Article 57(f) - environment)

  • Used in the manufacture of resins;
  • Used in surface coatings and paints;
  • Used in laminates in furniture industry, paper and fabric webs;
  • Used in glues and binders;
  • Used in compression-moulding materials;
  • Used in paper finishing, textile and leather finishing.
Perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHpA) and its salts

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(-)

Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c); 
PBT (Article 57d);

vPvB (Article 57e);

Equivalent 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) 

  • PFHpA belongs to the chemical group of short-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylic acid (PFCA). PFCA is always used in water, oil and grease repellent treatments for carpets, furniture and clothing, and can be found in Teflon products, semiconductors and fire-fighting foam.
Reaction mass of 2,2,3,3,5,5,6,6-octafluoro-4-(1,1,1,2,3,3,3-heptafluoropropan-2-yl)morpholine and 2,2,3,3,5,5,6,6-octafluoro-4-(heptafluoropropyl)morpholine  -
 (473-390-7)
vPvB (Article 57e)
  • Used as a laboratory reagent;
  • Used in functional fluid.

Note: 
PBT: Persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic
vPvB: very Persistent, very bioaccumulative

 

 

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

[2]  European Commission’s initiative to include TBPPA and MCCPs to RoHS Directive

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