REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals)
All member companies of the European Chlorinated Solvent Association (ECSA) met the first registration deadline for chlorinated solvents under REACH - the European regulation covering the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals.
ECSA members have been well prepared to register chlorinated solvents under the European REACH regulation. A Chlorinated Solvents REACH Consortium has been formed including a Steering Committee, an Executive Committee and Technical Committees for five chlorinated substances. ReachCentrum was acting as secretariat for the consortium. The Chlorinated Solvents REACH Consortium was launched beginning of 2009, after 1 year of preparatory work. All ECSA members took part in it.
The consortium members have agreed to cooperate, under the leadership of one leading company per substance in the preparation of a joint registration dossier for each of the 5 substances. The lead companies of the REACH consortium have been elected by the SIEF (Substance Information Exchange Forum) to act as the lead registrant for a joint submission of the registration dossier of the substance.
The following substances (EC number; CAS number) have been successfully registered by ECSA members:
- Dichloromethane (Methylene Chloride) (200-838-9; 75-09-2)
- Chloroform (Trichloromethane) (200-663-8; 67-66-3)
- Carbon Tetrachloride (Tetrachloromethane) (200-262-8; 56-23-5)
- Trichloroethylene (201-167-4; 79-01-6)
- Tetrachloroethylene (Perchloroethylene) (204-825-9; 127-18-4)
More information about this REACH Consortium on reachcentrum.eu.
Trichloroethylene has been added to ANNEX XIV of REACH on the 21st of April 2013 with the following dates:
- Application Date: October 21, 2014 (Date by which applications for authorization must be submitted to allow continued uses after the sunset date),
- Sunset Date: (April 21, 2016)
Trichloroethylene can only be used after the sunset date when a downstream user or his supplier holds and authorization for a particular use or the use falls under certain exemptions such as intermediate use or use in scientific research and development below 1mt/year (which includes the use in quality control). Please contact your supplier if Trichloroethylene is mandatory for your operation and you want to continue to use it.
Please refer to the webpage of the European Chemical Agency ECHA for further information on authorisation.