REACH: How Often are Annex XIV and Annex XVII Lists Updated?

Question: The European Union (EU) Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) substance of very high concern (SVHC) list is updated twice a year. Are the Annex XIV and XVII lists updated on the same schedule? How can I verify I’m using the correct version of these lists?

Answer: Unlike the REACH SVHC list, Annex XIV (Authorisations) and Annex XVII (Restrictions) are updated on an ad-hoc basis. In the case of Annex XIV, updates are the culmination of a long and involved process of public consultation and reviews. As a result, they take longer to finalize and often introduce entire substance groups. Annex XVII updates are usually focused on a specific or similar use case, which then restricts a substance or group of similar substances related to the specific use case, and are therefore more frequent. In case of doubt, always use the lists as published by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Article is current as of 2020-08-07.

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