ECHA Taking Comments on Adding Lead Compounds to Authorisation List

The four lead compounds were included in ECHA's previous draft recommendation in 2014 but were not included in the final recommendation that was sent to the European Commission in July 2015. Comments on 11 proposed substances are due by Feb. 18, 2016.

The European Chemicals Agency is asking for comments on 11 new substances it proposes to add to the Authorisation List, including four lead compounds that were included in ECHA's previous draft recommendation in 2014 but were not included in the final recommendation that was sent to the European Commission in July 2015. Comments are due by Feb. 18, 2016.

The substances are:

  • Dihexyl phthalate and 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, dihexyl ester, branched and linear (used as a plasticizer in PVC)
  • HHPA and MHHPA (used as a hardener for epoxy resins)
  • Trixylyl phosphate (used in lubricants, hydraulic fluids, and plastics production)
  • Two boron compounds, sodium perborate; perboric acid, sodium salt, and sodium peroxometaborate (used in detergents and bleaching products)
  • And the four lead compounds: orange lead (lead tetroxide); lead monoxide (lead oxide); tetralead trioxide sulphate; and pentalead tetraoxide sulphate (used in batteries and rubber production and in adsorbents)

A substance placed on the Authorisation List (Annex XIV of REACH) it can be placed on the market or used after a given date only if an authorization is granted for a specific use; companies can apply for authorization.

ECHA's draft recommendation specifies the proposed conditions of the authorization requirement for each substance, including the latest application and sunset dates.

The Member State Committee will prepare an opinion on the draft recommendation, taking into account comments received, and ECHA will provide a final recommendation to the European Commission based on the opinion of the committee and the comments. This will be ECHA's seventh recommendation.

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