|  

Press Release

ECHA/PR/10/26
Media enquiries: ECHA Press
Helsinki, 15 December 2010

ECHA adds eight substances to the Candidate List for Authorisation

Today, the European Chemicals Agency has added eight chemical substances to the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) for Authorisation. Companies are advised to check the potential obligations that result from this listing.

Following the unanimous agreement of the Member State Committee, ECHA is adding eight substances to the Candidate List, which now contains 46 substances in total. These eight substances, which are carcinogenic, mutagenic and/or reprotoxic (CMR) substances, are listed below. As foreseen by REACH, a specific procedure will be followed to decide whether the substances should also be included in Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation, which constitutes the list of substances subject to Authorisation.

Companies manufacturing, importing or using these substances may have legal obligations resulting from their inclusion in the List. These obligations can apply to the listed substances on their own as well as in mixtures and in articles. A short summary of the obligations is available on ECHA’s website.

Further Information

Candidate List
http://echa.europa.eu/chem_data/authorisation_process/candidate_list_table_en.asp

Summary of the obligations linked to the Candidate List
http://echa.europa.eu/chem_data/authorisation_process/candidate_list_obligations_en.asp

Overview on the Authorisation process
http://guidance.echa.europa.eu/authorisation_en.htm

Information on the new Substances of Very High Concern added to the Candidate List

Substance name

EC number

CAS number

SVHC properties

Potential uses *

Cobalt(II) sulphate

233-334-2

10124-43-3

Carcinogenic and toxic to reproduction in accordance with REACH Art. 57(a) and 57(c)

Cobalt(II) sulphate is mainly used in the manufacture of other chemicals including pigments and possibly catalysts, driers. Further applications comprise surface treatments (such as electroplating), corrosion prevention, decolourisation (in glass, pottery), in batteries, animal food supplements and soil fertilisers.

Cobalt(II) dinitrate

233-402-1

10141-05-6

Carcinogenic and toxic to reproduction in accordance with REACH Art. 57(a) and 57(c)

Cobalt(II) dinitrate is mainly used in the manufacture of other chemicals including catalysts. Further applications may include surface treatment and in batteries.

Cobalt (II) carbonate

208-169-4

513-79-1

Carcinogenic and toxic to reproduction in accordance with REACH Art. 57(a) and 57(c)

Cobalt(II) carbonate is mainly used in the manufacture of catalysts.
Minor uses may include as a feed additive, in the manufacture of other chemicals including pigments, and as an adhesive in ground coat frit.

Cobalt(II) diacetate

200-755-8

71-48-7

Carcinogenic and toxic to reproduction in accordance with REACH Art. 57(a) and 57(c)

Cobalt(II) diacetate is mainly used in the manufacture of catalysts or as a catalyst. Minor uses may include the manufacture of other chemicals including pigments, surface treatments, in alloys, dyes, rubber adhesion, and as a feed additive.

2-Methoxyethanol

203-713-7

109-86-4

Toxic to reproduction in accordance with REACH Art. 57(c)

2-methoxyethanol is mainly used as a chemical intermediate. Further minor uses are as a solvent or a laboratory chemical.

2-Ethoxyethanol

203-804-1

110-80-5

Toxic to reproduction in accordance with REACH Art. 57(c)

2-ethoxyethanol is mainly used as a chemical intermediate. Further minor uses are as a solvent or a laboratory chemical.

Chromium trioxide

215-607-8

1333-82-0

Carcinogenic and mutagenic in accordance with REACH Art. 57(a) and 57(b)

Chromium trioxide is mainly used in metal finishing, such as electroplating (e.g. hard chrome and decorative plating), conversion coatings and brightening. It is also used as a fixing agent in waterborne wood preservatives. Minor uses are e.g. in the manufacture of pigments and paints, in catalyst and detergent manufacture, and as an oxidising agent.

Acids generated from chromium trioxide and their oligomers

Group containing:
Chromic acid
Dichromic acid
Oligomers of chromic acid and dichromic acid


 

231-801-5
236-881-5
not yet assigned


 

7738-94-5
13530-68-2
not yet assigned

Carcinogenic in accordance with REACH Art. 57(a)

Acids generated from chromium trioxide and their oligomers are mainly used in metal finishing, such as electroplating (e.g. hard chrome and decorative plating), conversion coatings and brightening. It is also used as a fixing agent in waterborne wood preservatives. Minor uses are e.g. in the manufacture of pigments and paints, in catalyst and detergent manufacture, and as an oxidising agent.

* The information on the potential uses of these substances is based on information provided in the Annex XV dossiers prepared by the submitting Member States and on comments received during public consultation on the substances and may not necessarily provide a complete overview of all uses.

European Chemicals Agency Annankatu 18, P.O. Box 400, FI-00121 Helsinki, Finland