REACH Registered substances

Here you can find a list of substances subjected to REACH Registration. REACH registration is a process of submitting documentation proving that the substance you are dealing with is handled safely (in terms of human health and environment) throughout the whole supply chain. The information is submitted to European Chemical Agency and the requirements differ according to the volume of the substance and other criteria (e.g. classification of the substance).

If you manufacture a substance listed below in a tonnage band higher than 1 tonne a year or you are the first to import the substance to EU, your obligation is to proceed with the REACH registration of such substance.

REACH – The Road to Authorisation

Submitted SVHC Intentions List

The road to substance authorisation under REACH starts when an EU Member State or ECHA, at the request of the Commission, proposes a substance to be identified as an Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC).

A substance can be proposed for SVHC listing based on the criteria laid out in REACH Article 57. These are:

Substances classified as carcinogenic (category 1 or 2), mutagenic (category 1 or 2) or toxic for reproduction (category 1 or 2), collectively known as CMR substances (CMRs), Substances classified as persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic in the environment (PBT substances) Substances which are very persistent and very bioaccumulative in the environment (vPvB substances) Substances not meeting the above criteria but which give rise to an 'equivalent level of concern' based on a case-by case evaluation, for example endocrine disrupting (ED) substances.

Current SVHC Intention List

The intention to list as SVHC is made public in the registry of intentions before the proposal is submitted. This is a legal required advanced information to industry and other stakeholders, to give them time to prepare.

Dossiers outlining the basis for SVHC listing are prepared by Member States or ECHA and made publicly available in the Registry of Intentions.

Identified SVHCs / SVHC Candidate List

After publication of the Annex XIV dossier, anyone (public, industry, government) can provide comments and propose further data to the dossier - for example, whether alternative substances exist. If no comments are received, the substance is included in the Candidate List.

The inclusion of a substance in the Candidate List creates immediate legal obligations to companies manufacturing, importing or using such substances, whether on their own, in preparations or in articles. These obligations include:

  • Supplying a safety data sheet (SDS)
  • Communicating on safe use to downstream users / customers
  • Responding to consumer requests within 45 days, and
  • Notifying ECHA if the article they produce contains an SVHC in quantities above one tonne per producer/importer per year and if the substance is present in those articles above a concentration of 0.1% (w/w).

Submitted recommendations

ECHA routinely assesses the substances from the SVHC Candidate List to decide which ones should be prioritised for inclusion in the Authorisation List.

This prioritisation is primarily based on information in the REACH registration dossiers, based on uses and volumes of the substance. For example substances widely used by consumers are likely to be prioritised first.

Downstream users in industry are asked to communicate relevant information regarding their up the supply chain to ensure that registrants have the latest information required to keep their registration dossiers updated.

The draft recommendations must be made public and are opened for comment for 90 days before the final recommendations are sent to the Commission.

Authorisation (Annex XIV) List

ECHA’s recommendation on whether to add a substance to the Authorisation list is sent to the European Commission, who make the final decision on whether the substance is to be included on Annex XIV.

If a substance is listed on the Authorisation list it means that it must eventually be removed from the market, for example by substitution with a less hazardous substance, unless it is authorised for a specific use.

A "Sunset date" is defined, after which it is not allowed to place the substance on the market , unless an authorisation is granted for a specific use, or certain uses are exempted.

An application date is also defined, before which any applications for authorisation must be received.