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Reach Annex XIV Updated: 12 Substances Given Sunset Dates

The total number of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) now reaches 43 as the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recently added another 12 new SVHCs to its Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals list (otherwise known as the REACH Annex XIV List). This latest addition took place by July, 2017 following a previous meeting held by the agency in September, 2016. In this recent update was another 12 substances added to the list and the sunset dates of each chemical released as well.

Why are the substances added to the list?

It is the role of the ECHA to make sure chemical substances identified as having adverse effect on human health and the environment be removed and substituted for less hazardous ones which are considered as more suitable for health and the environment.

Chemicals are identified and placed on the REACH Authorisation list if it meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • If substance is carcinogenic
  • If substance is mutagenic
  • If substance is toxic for reproduction
  • If substance persists or bioaccumulates or toxic

What are the 12 substances added?

These 12 substances were added after the recent public consultation and review and thus means such substances can no longer be used or placed on the market after the sunset date without proper authorization granted for their specific use. Below are the 12 added SVHC substances and their sunset dates:

Sunset date: July 4, 2020

1-Bromopropane (n-propyl bromide)

  1. Diisopentylphthalate
  2. 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-8-branched alkyl esters, C7 rich
  3. 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-11-branched and linear alkyl esters
  4. 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, dipentylester, branched and linear
  5. Bis(2-methoxyethyl) phthalate
  6. Dipentylphthalate
  7. N-pentyl-isopentylphthalate


Sunset date: October 4, 2020


  1. Anthracene oil
  2. Pitch, coal tar, high temperature


Sunset date: January 4, 2021

  1. 4-(1,1,3,3-Tetramethylbutyl)phenol, ethoxylated
  2. 4-Nonylphenol, branched and linear, ethoxylated


What to expect next

What this means is that after the stipulated sunset dates, chemical manufacturer, importer or downstream user of any of these substances will not be able to import or use them again as before because they will no longer be used or placed on the market without authorization granted by ECHA.

What are the previous substances on this list?

Right from August 2014, a total of 31 substances have been placed on the REACH Annex XIV list and all of them now require authorization before importation or use by downstream users or importers. Some of the 31 substances and their sunset dates include:

Sunset date: 21/08/2014

  1. 5-tert-butyl-2,4,6-trinitro-m-xylene (Musk xylene)
  2. 4,4’- Diaminodiphenylmethane (MDA)


Sunset date: 21/08/2015

  1. Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD)


Sunset date: 21/02/2015

  1. Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
  2. Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)
  3. Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
  4. Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)


Sunset date: 21/05/2015

  1. Diarsenic trioxide
  2. Diarsenic pentaoxide
  3. Lead chromate
  4. Lead sulfochromate yellow
  5. Lead chromate molybdate sulfate red

Sunset date: 21/08/2015

  1. Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate
  2. 2,4-dinitrotoluene (2,4-DNT)

Sunset date: 21/04/2016

  1. Trichloroethylene

Sunset date: 21/09/2017

  1. Chromium trioxide
  2. Acids generated from chromium trioxide and their oligomers
  3. Sodium dichromate
  4. Ammonium dichromate
  5. Potassium chromate
  6. Sodium chromate

Sunset date: 22/08/2017

  1. Formaldehyde, oligomeric reaction products with aniline
  2. Arsenic acid
  3. Bis(2-methoxyethyl) ether

Sunset date: 22/11/2017

  1. 1,2-dichloroethane (EDC)
  2. 2,2′-dichloro-4,4′-methylenedianiline (MOCA)
  3. Sunset date: 22/01/2019
  4. Dichromium tris(chromate)
  5. Strontium chromate
  6. Potassium hydroxyoctaoxodizincatedichromate
  7. Pentazinc chromate octahydroxide