European Commission Updates REACH SVHC List and Restricted Substances List

Little Pro on 2018-04-24

On 18 April 2018, the European Commission has published 4 regulations to add more substances to REACH's SVHC list and restricted substances list. 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone(NMP) and methanol are added to REACH restricted substances list by Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/589 and 2018/588. TMA and DCHP are added to SVHC candidate list by Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/594 and Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/636.

New REACH Restriction of Methanol and NMP

Entry 69 and 71 are added to REACH Annex XVII restricted substances list. To access the full list, please click here.

69 Methanol, EC 200-659-6, CAS 67-56-1

Shall not be placed on the market to the general public after 9 May 2018 in windscreen washing or defrosting fluids, in a concentration equal to or greater than 0,6 % by weight.

Reference: Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/589

71 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone(NMP), EC 212-828-1, CAS 872-50-4

1. Shall not be placed on the market as a substance on its own or in mixtures in a concentration equal to or greater than 0,3 % after 9 May 2020 unless manufacturers, importers and downstream users have included in the relevant chemical safety reports and safety data sheets, Derived No-Effect Levels (DNELs) relating to exposure of workers of 14,4 mg/m3 for exposure by inhalation and 4,8 mg/kg/day for dermal exposure.

2. Shall not be manufactured, or used, as a substance on its own or in mixtures in a concentration equal to or greater than 0,3 % after 9 May 2020 unless manufacturers and downstream users take the appropriate risk management measures and provide the appropriate operational conditions to ensure that exposure of workers is below the DNELs specified in paragraph 1.

3. By way of derogation from paragraphs 1 and 2, the obligations laid down therein shall apply from 9 May 2024 in relation to placing on the market for use, or use, as a solvent or reactant in the process of coating wires.’

Reference: Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/588 

TMA and DCHP Added to SVHC Candidate List


Dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP) (EC No 201-545-9, CAS No 84-61-7)

Reason: Reproductive toxicant

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/636.

Benzene-1,2,4-tricarboxylic acid 1,2 anhydride (trimellitic anhydride) (TMA, CAS 552-30-7)

Reason: Respiratory sensitising properties

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/594.

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