ECHA, the EU agency overseeing chemicals, has announced the addition of five toxic substances to REACH – the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals regulation. They are:
- Tetraethyllead (TEL) (EC 201-075-4, CAS 78-00-2);
- 4,4′-bis(dimethylamino)-4”-(methylamino)trityl alcohol [with ≥ 0.1% w/w of Michler’s ketone (EC 202-027-5) or Michler’s base (EC 202-959-2)] (EC 209-218-2, CAS 561-41-1);
- Reaction products of 1,3,4-thiadiazolidine-2,5-dithione, formaldehyde and 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear (RP-HP) [with ≥ 0,1% w/w 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear (4-HPbl)] (EC -, CAS -);
- 2-ethylhexyl 10-ethyl-4,4-dioctyl-7-oxo-8-oxa-3,5-dithia-4-stannatetradecanoate (DOTE) (EC 239-622-4, CAS 15571-58-1); and
- Reaction mass of 2-ethylhexyl 10-ethyl-4,4-dioctyl-7-oxo-8-oxa-3,5-dithia-4-stannatetradecanoate and 2-ethylhexyl 10-ethyl-4-[[2-[(2-ethylhexyl)oxy]-2-oxoethyl]thio]-4-octyl-7-oxo-8-oxa-3,5-dithia-4-stannatetradecanoate (reaction mass of DOTE and MOTE) (EC -, CAS -).
These substances are of high concern due to their reprotoxic, carcinogenic or endocrine disrupting properties, ECHA said. These substances are used as fuel additives, in formulation of inks, in lubricants, and as a stabilizer in the production of polymers.
The REACH list now contains 59 chemicals.