In December, representatives of the member states of the EU will vote on adding 12 substances to Annex XIV. The member states already have drafts for the revised Regulation and the Annex. The new Annex classifies 8 of the 12 substances as Category 1 B, toxic for reproduction:
- 1-bromopropane (n-propyl bromide)
- 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid di-C6-8-branched alkyl esters C7-rich
- 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-11-branched and linear alkyl esters
- 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, dipentylester, branched and linear
- Bis(2-methoxyethyl) phthalate
Two substances are carcinogenic (Category 1B) and have persistent, bioaccumulative, and/or toxic (PBT) and very persistent and very bioaccumulative vPvB properties:
- Anthracene oil
- pitch, coal tar, high temperature
Two substances have endocrine-disrupting properties:
- 4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenol, ethoxylated
- 4-nonylphenol, branched and linear, ethoxylated
Once the substances are listed in Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation, they must be registered. Unless permission is granted for a specific use or an exception is granted, the substances may not be on the market after the sunset date. Inclusion of the substances in Annex XIV should minimize the presence of the substance in the environment as much as possible and force companies to find alternatives.
The EU Commission has observed a moratorium on adding substances to Annex XIV. It wanted to give the ECHA and national agencies time to simplify and accelerate the approval process for the 31 substances already on the list. According to various organizations, the moratorium is groundless. As early as May, the organizations urged an end to the moratorium in a letter. The proposed revision of the law is the response of the EU Commission to the request.