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SAFEGUARDS | Consumer Products NO. 145/15

SafeGuardS chemicals

On 2 July 2015, ECHA has recommended the sixth batch of priority substances to the European Commission for authorisation. The proposal lists 15 SVHCs [1] for inclusion in REACH Annex XIV. The final list includes four boron compounds and seven phthalate plasticisers. ECHA decided that four lead substances, listed in the draft proposal, should not be recommended to the Commission at this stage, and will instead be reconsidered "in the future".

The current Annex XIV authorisation list [2] contains 31 substances. The last recommendation for inclusion (Fifth edition proposed by ECHA on 6 February 2014) included 5 substances and is still under consideration. The Fifth edition substances are: (1) N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF), (2) diazene-1,2-dicarboxamide (C,C'-azodi(formamide)) (ADCA), (3) aluminosilicate refractory ceramic fibres (Al-RCF), (4) zirconia aluminosilicate refractory ceramic fibres (Zr-RCF) and (5) 4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenol. Ethoxylated (4-tert-Octylphenol ethoxylates) (4-tert-OPnEO)

Once the substance is included in the authorisation list, the manufacturer, importer or downstream user in European Union (EU) cannot use the substances or place these substances on the market unless an authorisation is granted. The restriction applies to the substance on its own, in a mixture or in incorporated into an article after the "sunset date" for that substance. This requirement is regardless of the tonnage and imported articles are not subject to authorisation. When applying for an authorisation, the applicant should submit an application before the "latest application date", showing that the risk to human health or the environment from the use of a substance is adequately controlled in a chemical safety report, or showing that the socio-economic benefits outweigh the risks and there are currently no suitable alternative substances or technologies to substitute this substance.

A downstream user of the substance on Annex XIV has these obligations:

  • Ensure an authorisation for that use has been granted to you or an actor up your supply chain
  • Comply with the conditions of authorisation
  • Notify ECHA if the use of the substance is based on the authorisation of an actor up the supply chain




CAS No. / EC No.


Potential Uses


1-bromopropane (n-propyl bromide)

106-94-5 / 203-445-0

Repr. 1B

  • - Used in textile, ink, adhesive and coatings



605-50-5 / 210-088-4

Repr. 1B

  • - Used in the manufacture of propellant
  • - Used as plasticizer for PVC products and other polymers


1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-8-branched alkyl esters, C7-rich

71888-89-6 / 276-158-1

Repr. 1B

  • - Plasticizers
  • - Sealant


1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-11-branched and linear alkyl esters

68515-42-4 / 271-084-6

Repr. 1B

  • - Plasticizers in PVC, foam, adhesives and coatings


1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, dipen-tylester, branched and linear

605-50-5 / 210-088-4

Repr. 1B

  • - Used in the manufacture of propellant
  • - Used as plasticizer for PVC products and other polymers


Bis(2-methoxyethyl) phthalate

117-82-8 / 204-212-6

Repr. 1B

  • - Used as plasticizer for food contact polymers
  • - Used as additive for high strength adhesives
  • - Used as additive for paint/lacquers/varnish
  • - Used as additive for printing ink


Dipentyl phthalate (DPP)

131-18-0 / 205-017-9

Repr. 1B

  • - Used as plasticizer in PVC



776297-69-9 / -

Repr. 1B

  • - Used as plasticizers in plastic material


Anthracene oil
(contains ≥ 0.005 % (w/w) benzo[a]pyrene (EINECS No 200-028-5))

90640-80-5 / 292-602-7

Carc. 1B, PBT, vPvB

  • - Manufacture of tanning agent intermediate
  • - Used in the manufacture of Anthraquinone which is an important intermediate of dyes and pigments
  • - Used as insecticides and wood preservatives


Pitch, coal tar, high temp.

65996-93-2 / 266-028-2

Carc. 1B, PBT, vPvB

  • - Raw material of dyestuff synthesis
  • - Preservative in wood


4-Nonylphenol, branched and linear, ethoxylated

- / -


  • - Used in the formulation for mining purpose
  • - Used in the manufacture of detergent
  • - Used in paints, lacquers and varnishes
  • - Used in leather and textile processing


Boric acid

10043-35-3, 11113-50-1 / 233-139-2, 234-343-4

Repr. 1B

  • - Biocides and preservatives
  • - Manufacturing of rubber
  • - Flame retardants
  • - Paints
  • - Auxiliaries used in leather tanning


Disodium tetraborate, anhydrous

1330-43-4, 12179-04-3, 1303-96-4 / 215-540-4

Repr. 1B

  • - Uses as adhesives
  • - Flame retardants
  • - Biocides
  • - Auxiliaries used in leather tanning


Diboron trioxide

1303-86-2 / 215-125-8

Repr. 1B

  • - Used in glass, glass fibre and frits production
  • - Used as pesticide, wood preservative
  • - Used as fire resistant additive for paint and electronics
  • - Used in flux agent suitable for alloys and ceramic glazings
  • - Used in soldering


Tetraboron disodium heptaoxide, hydrate

12267-73-1 / 235-541-3

Repr. 1B

  • - Uses as adhesives
  • - Flame retardants
  • - Biocides
  • - Auxiliaries used in leather tanning


  • Carc. 1B: Carcinogen category 1B;
  • Repr. 1B: Toxic for reproduction category 1B;
  • PBT: Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic;
  • vPvB: very persistent and very bioaccumulative substances;
  • EQC: Equivalent level of concern

SVHC may be introduced into various consumer products due to the complexities of both the supply chain and production process. Laboratory testing provides reliable evidence to determine if chemical substances exist in products and information on their volume and concentration.  Identifying high risk products or materials or having a test strategy can also be a smart way to ensure compliance and save costs.  If you would like to learn more about how SGS can support your REACH compliance activities please contact us: or visit

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