Helsinki, Finland - ECHA, the European chemicals agency overseeing chemical regulations, launched a public consultation on 14 Jan 2009 on the first draft recommendation of substances which are to be included in the list of those subject to authorisation (Annex XIV or the Authorisation List).
ECHA said that interested parties have until 14 April 2009 to submit comments, using the relevant web forms on the ECHA website.
They can comment on both:
• ECHA's draft recommendation on seven substances (see below) and its reasoning behind their inclusion in Annex XIV and
• ECHA's justification for prioritising these substances.
In particular, ECHA asks interested parties are invited to comment "on uses which should be exempted from the authorisation requirements."
ECHA said it has prioritised seven out of the 15 substances that were on the initial Candidate List, published 28 Oct 2008.
These seven prioritised substances are:
• 5-tert-butyl-2,4,6-trinitro-m-xylene (musk xylene)
• Alkanes, C10-13,chloro (short-chain chlorinated paraffins; SCCPs)
• Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) and all major dia-stereoisomers identified
• 4,4'-Diamino diphenyl methane (MDA)
• Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
• Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) and
• Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
In its first draft recommendation ECHA suggests that:
• applications for authorisations should be submitted between 24 and 30 months after the above substances have been included in Annex XIV of REACH, and
• use of these substances will not be allowed 42 to 48 months after the inclusion date.
ECHA also proposes exemptions for uses of the prioritised substances, that are permitted under specific conditions set out in the current legislation on Restrictions on Marketing and Use Directive (76/769/EEC), as explained in the consultation documents.