Specific EU Authorization for Nine Chemicals

Specific EU Authorization for Nine Chemicals

Author: ChemistryViews.org

Nine chemicals have been officially disclosed by the European Commission (EC) as substances of very high concern (SVHC) by placing them on the Annex 14 list of the registration, evaluation and authorization of chemicals (REACH) regulation (EC 1907/2006) (see Tab. 1).
This means these substance cannot be used without specific authorization. Authorization requests must be filed depending on the chemical between February 22, 2016, and July 22, 2017.

An additional ten chemicals might be announced by Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Sweden as SVHC (see Tab. 2).

Table 1. Annex 14 chemicals.




strontium chromate

(EC No. 232-142-6; CAS No. 7789-06-2)

total volume 1,000 – 10,000 metric tons (1,102 – 11,023 U.S. short tons) per year

primarily used to protect steel and zinc in coil-coated galvanized steel; mainly used in buildings

alternatives available for indoor applications of coil-coating sector

much smaller quantities used in primers, sealants, joint compounds, top coat paints for aerospace applications, in anticorrosion primers, in fillers and sealants for the construction and maintenance of heavy duty vehicles and trucks, military vehicles and agricultural equipment

alternatives needed for outdoor applications in harsh weathering conditions such as coastal areas

some alternatives available for vehicular applications

more research needed on possible substitutes for aerospace applications

ethylene dichloride, or 1,2-dichloroethane
(EC No. 203-458-1; CAS No. 107-06-2)

total amount manufactured 1 million – 10 million metric tons (1.1 – 11 million short U.S. tons) per year

10,000 – 50,000 metric tons (11,023 – 55,115 short U.S. tons) per year imported

more than 99 % used to make other chemicals, those uses can continue without authorization.

used as solvent and as ingredient in chemical mixtures

oligomeric reaction products of formaldehyde with aniline (technical MDA)
(EC No. 500-036-1; CAS No. 25214-70-4)



arsenic acid
(EC No. 231-901-9; CAS No. 7778-39-4)



bis(2-methoxyethyl) ether (diglyme)
(EC No. 203-924-4; CAS No. 111-96-6)



(EC No. 202-918-9; CAS No. 202-14-4)



dichromium tris(chromate)
(EC No. 246-356-2; CAS No. 24613-89-6)



potassium hydroxyoctaoxodizincatedichromate
(EC No. 234-329-6; CAS No. 11103-86-9)



pentazinc chromate octahydroxide
(EC No. 256-418-0; CAS No. 49663-84-5)



*according to ECHA

Table 2. Proposed SVHC chemicals.


bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate
(EC No. 204-211-0; CAS No. 117-81-7)

2-benzotriazol-2-yl-4,6-di-tert-butylphenol (UV-320)
(EC No. 223-346-6; CAS No. 3846-71-7)

dibutyl phthalate
(EC No. 201-557-4; CAS No. 84-74-2)

2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4,6-ditertpentylphenol (UV-328)
(EC No. 247-384-8; CAS No. 25973-55-1)

cadmium sulphate
(EC No. 233-331-6; CAS Nos. 10124-36-4 and 31119-53-6)

cadmium fluoride
(EC No. 232-222-0; CAS No. 7790-79-6)

2-ethylhexyl 10-ethyl-4,4-dioctyl-7-oxo-8-oxa-3,5-dithia-4-stannatetradecanoate; DOTE
(EC No. 239-622-4; CAS No. 15571-58-1)

diisobutyl phthalate
(EC No. 201-553-2; CAS No. 84-69-5)

benzyl butyl phthalate
(EC No. 201-622-7; CAS No. 85-68-7)

a reaction chemical proposed by Austria


  1. Yuehui Zhou

    This is a long overdue list. The number of chemicals could be much higher than this. Be aware that industry is for life, not vice versa.


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