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On 20 December 2013, the European Commission (EC) notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) the draft of its 4th amendment to REACH Annex XIV (the Authorisation List), proposing to include a further nine substances to the List. These substances include four chromium compounds, four organic substances and one inorganic acid. The amendment is expected to enter into force in June 2014, at which point a total number of 31 substances will eventually be banned from the EU market after their respective sunset dates unless an authorisation has been granted.
The European Chemicals agency (ECHA) originally recommended ten substances to be included; however, one of the substances, N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMAC), has been postponed due to its similar properties and applications with another chemical that is being considered for restriction under REACH, and the Commission would like to ensure a consistent regulatory approach is applied to both substances.
Table A shows the list of proposed substances to be included in Annex XIV, the proposed transitional timetable for the application of an authorisation and the sunset dates.
Table A. The list of nine substances proposed to be included in the 4th update of Annex XIV
|Substance name||CAS Number |
|Latest application date |
|Sunset date |
Formaldehyde, oligomeric reaction
products with aniline (technical MDA)
CAS No: 25214-70-4
(EC No: 500-036-1)
CAS No: 7778-39-4
(EC No: 231-901-9)
Bis(2-methoxyethyl) ether (diglyme)
CAS No: 111-96-6
(EC No: 203-924-4)
CAS No: 107-06-2
(EC No: 203-458-1)
CAS No: 101-14-4
(EC No: 202-918-9)
CAS No: 24613-89-6
(EC No: 246-356-2)
CAS No: 7789-06-2
(EC No: 232-142-6)
CAS No: 11103-86-9
(EC No: 234-329-8)
Pentazinc chromate octahydroxide
CAS No: 49663-84-5
(EC No: 256-418-0)
* This is a transitional arrangement. The Latest Application Date is the date of entry into force of the amendment + x months, and the Sunset Date is the date of entry into force of the amendment + y months.
REACH authorisation aims at eliminating or effectively controlling risks from chemicals that are of particular concern. Once a substance has been included in Annex XIV, it cannot be placed on the market or used after a given date (the “sunset date”) unless an authorisation has been granted for a specific use, or the use is exempted from authorisation.
Manufacturers, importers or downstream users can apply for authorisation for a substance listed in Annex XIV; however, imported articles are not subject to the authorisation obligation. The application for an authorisation must be made before the applicable latest application date. Table B shows the products that fall within the scope of authorisation.
Table B. Product categories in relation to the scope of REACH Authorisation
in the EU
outside the EU
The ECHA prioritises the substances of very high concern (SVHCs) in the REACH Candidate List and recommends them to the EC for inclusion in Annex XIV on a regular basis.