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The UK faces the final decision to approve the addition of three SVHC substances to the UK REACH authorization list



The UK Health and Safety Agency has announced its formal acceptance of the proposal to add phthalates, dicyclohexyl phthalate, and disodium octaborate to the UK REACH Regulation Annex 14 authorization list.

On January 16, 2024, the UK Health and Safety Agency (HSE) announced its official acceptance of the proposal to add phthalate substances (CAS No. 71850-09-4), dicyclohexyl phthalate (CAS No. 84-61-7), and disodium octaborate (CAS No. 12008-41-2) to the UK REACH Regulation Annex 14 authorization list. HSE will update based on the received suggestions and submit the final recommendations to the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for their final decision.


UK REACH Authorization List (Attachment 14)

The authorization list sets corresponding temporary usage periods for specific chemical substances, namely substances that have been identified as SVHC. After reaching the temporary use period, the corresponding substance will be prohibited from being sold in the UK market. This system is similar to Appendix XIV of the European Union. According to Article 58 (3) of the UK REACH regulation, the UK requires HSE to select priority controlled substances from the SVHC candidate list and add them to Appendix 14.


Disodium octaborate

Disodium octaborate has been classified as a Class 1B substance harmful to reproduction and carries a warning label of H360FD (which may harm fertility and the health of unborn children). According to Article 57 (c) of the UK REACH, it has been identified as an SVHC substance.
On June 27, 2018, according to decision ED/61/2018 of the European Chemicals Administration (ECHA), disodium octaborate was included in the EU's authorized candidate list.


Phthalate ester

As for phthalates, in September 2023, HSE proposed adding them to Appendix 14. During the following three months of public consultation, the proposal received a supportive feedback, ultimately leading to HSE approval of the proposal.
Considering the potential harm this compound may cause to fertility, the UK has classified it as Reproductive Toxicity Class 1B under the Compulsory Classification and Labeling System (GB MCL). It is worth mentioning that as early as January 16, 2020, ECHA marked it as SVHC.


Dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP)

DCHP, in GB MCL, is also considered a potential threat to fertility and is classified as reproductive toxicity class 1B.
Similar to the aforementioned two substances, DCHP was also included in the EU's authorized candidate list on June 27, 2018, and along with phthalates, was added to the UK's SVHC candidate list on January 1, 2021.


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