ECHA adds five hazardous chemicals to the candidate list

ECHA adds five hazardous chemicals to the candidate list

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ECHA adds five hazardous chemicals to the candidate listThe Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern now contains 240 entries for chemicals that may be harmful to humans or the environment. Companies are responsible for managing the risks of these chemicals and informing customers and consumers about their safe use.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added five new chemicals to the candidate list. One is toxic to reproduction, three are very persistent and very bioaccumulative and one is toxic to reproduction and persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic. They are found in products such as ink and toner, glues and sealants as well as detergents and cleaning agents.
The Agency has also updated the existing entry on the candidate list for dibutyl phthalate to include its endocrine disrupting properties in the environment.


Overview of the five substances

Entries added to the Candidate List on January 23, 2024:

Name of the substanceEC numberCAS numberReason for inclusionExamples of use
2,4,6-Tri-tert-butylphenol211-989-5732-26-3Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)

Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) (Article 57d)
Manufacture from another substance; formulation of mixtures and in fuel products
2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenol221-573-53147-75-9Very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) (Article 57e)Air care products, coating products, adhesives and sealants, lubricants and greases, polishes and waxes, detergents and cleaning products
2-(Dimethylamino)-2-[(4-methylphenyl)methyl]-1-[4-(morpholin-4-yl)phenyl]butan-1-one438-340-0119344-86-4Reproductive toxicant (Article 57c)Inks and toners, coating products
Bumetrizole223-445-43896-11-5vPvB (Article 57e)Coating products, adhesives, sealants, detergents and cleaning agents
Oligomerization and alkylation reaction products of 2-phenylpropene and phenol700-960-7-vPvB (Article 57e)Adhesives and sealants, coating products, fillers, putties, plasters, modelling compounds, inks and toners and polymers
Dibutyl phthalate (updated article)201-557-484-74-2Endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) - Environment)Metalworking fluids, detergents and cleaning agents, laboratory chemicals and polymers


Candidate list and authorization list

The ECHA Member State Committee has confirmed the inclusion of these substances in the Candidate List. The list now comprises 240 entries. As some of these are groups of chemicals, the total number of chemicals concerned is higher.
These substances could be added to the authorization list in the future. If a substance is on this list, companies cannot use it. Unless they submit an application for authorization and the European Commission allows further use.


Consequences of the candidate list
  • Under REACH, companies have legal obligations if their substance – on its own, in mixtures or in articles – is included in the Candidate List.
  • If an article contains a substance on the Candidate List in a concentration of more than 0.1% (weight by weight), suppliers must provide their customers and consumers with information on the safe use of that substance. Consumers have the right to ask suppliers whether the products they buy contain substances of very high concern.
  • Importers and manufacturers of articles must notify ECHA within six months of the listing date (January 23, 2024) if their article contains a substance on the candidate list.
  • EU and EEA suppliers of Candidate List substances – supplied in pure form or in mixtures – must update the safety data sheet they provide to their customers.


Waste Framework Directive

Under the Waste Framework Directive, companies must also notify ECHA if the articles they manufacture contain substances of very high concern in concentrations greater than 0.1% (weight per weight). This notification is published in the ECHA database for Substances of Very High Concern in Products (SCIP).


More information


Source: ECHA
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