Regulation (EU) No 895/2014 amending REACH Annex XIV (the ‘Authorisation List’) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ EU) on 19 August 2014. Nine Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) were officially included, bringing to the Authorisation List a total of 31 substances.
N, N-Dimethylacetamide (DMAC) was originally recommended for the inclusion in Annex XIV; however, it has similar intrinsic properties to N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) and NMP is the subject of the restriction procedure for the inclusion in REACH Annex XVII. Therefore, the European Commission has postponed the decision on the inclusion of DMAC in Annex XIV to ensure a consistent regulatory approach.
REACH Authorisation aims to ensure all SVHCs are eventually replaced by less dangerous substances or, where suitable, technologies. The “latest application date”, which is the last day by which an authorisation application must be submitted, is in general 18 months before the sunset date. Substances that are listed in Annex XIV can only be used within the EU after the sunset date if an authorisation has been granted.
Authorisation does not apply to articles that are imported into the EU.
For the nine substances newly included in the Authorisation List, their identification numbers (CAS and EC) and sunset date are listed in Table A. There is no exemption for any category of use.
Table A: The nine substances newly added to the Authorisation List in the 4th update
Newly added Annex XIV Substances
Intrinsic property(ies) referred to in Article 57
Formaldehyde, oligomeric reaction products with aniline (technical MDA)