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EU REACH: Public consultation of the 21st update of Candidate List

MARCH 2019 - Relevant for: Electrical and electronics, Hardlines, Softlines, Toys and children's products

On 13 March 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched public consultation for the 21th update of the REACH Candidate List1. The public consultation will end on 29 April 2019.

Three (3) 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 197 to 201 in July 2019. This is because there is another substance 4-tert-butylphenols (PTBP)2, which was proposed to be identified as SVHC by the European Commission and it is expected to be included into Candidate List in the next update.

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 

2,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-2-(heptafluoropropoxy)propionic acid, its salts and its acyl halides (covering any of their individual isomers and combinations thereof)


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)

  • Used as a processing aid in fluoropolymer resins (PTFE (polytetrafluorethylene) and FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene)

2-methoxyethyl acetate 110-49-6 (203-772-9)

110-49-6 (203-772-9)

Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)

  • Used as a solvent for gums, resins, waxes, and oils;
  • Used in the manufacture of semiconductors, textile printing and photographic films;
  • Used in paints, lacquers, stains, inks, varnishes, surface coatings, silk-screen printing;
  • Used in textiles, leather, paper, acetate adhesives

Tris(4-nonylphenyl, branched and linear) phosphite (TNPP) with ≥ 0.1% w/w of 4-nonylphenol, branched and linear (4-NP)


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

  • Used as stabiliser in polymer;
  • Used in food contact polymer articles;
  • Used in coatings and adhesives

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

[2] E-ssentials 2 | 2019 – EU REACH: Proposal to identify 4-tert-butylphenols as a SVHC


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