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Updated Jan 18, 2023

ECHA adds another nine substances to EU REACH Candidate List

On 17 January 2023, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) added an extra nine substances to the Candidate List under Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

The chemicals are placed on the ECHA's Candidate list, if they are:

  • carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic for reproduction (category 1A or 1B);
  • persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic;
  • very persistent and very bioaccumulative; and/or
  • likely to have a serious effect on human health and the environment.

Companies that use articles containing those substances above a concentration of 0,1% (weight by weight) are responsible for managing the risks of these chemicals and must provide appropriate information on the safe use to their consumers and customers. Consumers also have the right to ask suppliers whether the products they buy contain substances of very high concern.

Importers and producers of articles containing such substances will have to notify ECHA if their article contains a Candidate List substance within six months from the date it has been included in the list. The suppliers of the substances placed on the Candidate List, supplied either on their own or in mixtures, must provide their customers with a safety data sheet.

The newly added substances are used, for example, in flame retardants, paints, coatings, printing inks and toners as well as plasticisers in the manufacture of pulp and paper. The updated list now contains 223 entries.

For more information on this subject, including the full EU REACH Candidate List, see: