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REACH Annex XVII: REACH Restricted Substance List 2017

The REACH Annex XVII regulation contains the list of substances, mixtures, and articles that are considered hazardous to be used or marketed on the European market. Substances can be restricted individually, as part of a mixture or in an article. The restrictions also cuts across substances that do not need to be registered. The list of restricted substances is often referred to as REACH annex XVII.

As of 19th June 2017, up to 65 valid entries exist on the REACH Annex XVII. You will find the individual substance or mixture as well as the resultant restrictions conditions on the list.  The following are some of the restricted substances:

  • Dimethyl fumarate (DMF)
  • Phthalates
  • Toluene
  • Azo colourants and Azo dyes
  • Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid and its derivatives (PFOS)
  • Polycyclic-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Lead and its compounds
  • Nickel and its compounds
  • Arsenic compounds
  • Mercury and its compounds
  • Cadmium and its compounds
  • Chromium VI compounds
  • CMR 1A/1B substances listed in annex VI of CLP regulation
  • Organostannic compounds
  • Nonylphenol and nonylphenol ethoxylates
  • Hazardous solvents (cyclohexane, benzene, chloroform, triclorobenzene, etc);
  • decaBDE
  • Bisphenol A
  • PFOA, its salts, and PFOA-related substances
  • Polychlorinated terphenyls (PCTs)
  • Asbestos fibres
  • Pentachlorophenol and its salts and esters
  • Monomethyl-tetrachlorodiphenyl methane.

You can download the full list here. Try as much as possible to avoid having anything to do with any of the substances mentioned above. If not, using, selling, or importing these substances that are considered hazardous can get you on the wrong side of the law.

However, it is important to note that countries such as Switzerland, China, and Korea are not a part of the European Economic Area (EEA). For this reason, the REACH Annex XVII does not apply to these countries. You may need to check out the links below for the restricted list of these countries.

Swiss Chemical Risk Reduction Ordinance (ORRChem)

China Restricted Substances List (2017)

K-REACH Restricted Substances List (2017)