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What to know about...REACH authorisation
Authorisation is the "A" in REACH. It's all about making sure that the risks from hazardous substances are properly controlled and that these substances are progressively replaced by safer alternatives. Authorisation is not about banning substances, but more about guiding safe use and giving industry time to find replacement substances or technologies.
The three-phase authorisation process begins when an EU Member State or ECHA proposes that a chemical be identified as a substance of very high concern (SVHC). This proposal is made public in 'the registry of intentions' to give advanced notice to industry and other stakeholders.
- Registry of intentions
- Candidate List
- Authorisation List (Annex XIV of REACH)
- ECHA's web pages on substitution
Did you know?
Substances of very high concern
SVHCs are, for example:
The Candidate List currently has 163 substances. The Authorisation List has 31 substances.
Authorisation applications so far
ECHA has delivered 50 opinions on applications for authorisation to the European Commission. The Commission has issued 10 decisions:
Currently, 40 authorisation decisions are pending with the Commission.
There are seven substances (musk xylene, MDA, DIBP, BBP, diarsenic pentoxide, TCEP and 2,4-DNT) for which the latest application date has passed and no applications for authorisation have been submitted.
Text by Nedyu Yasenov
Top image: Three phases of REACH authorisation
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