In the complex realm of chemical management and regulation, the European Union’s REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals) regulation stands as a beacon of protection for human health and the environment. One of the integral components of REACH is Annex XVII, a comprehensive list of restrictions on certain hazardous substances, showcasing the EU’s commitment to proactive risk management.

The new substances were included in the Annex 17 list on the 27th of July 2023, which results in the database now containing 72 unique substances/entries. Each entry shows a substance or a group of substances or a substance in a mixture, and the consequent restriction conditions.

Background of Annex XVII

Annex XVII of REACH is often referred to as the “REACH Restriction List.” It lays down specific conditions or outright bans on the manufacture, placing on the market, or use of substances deemed hazardous due to their potential impact on human health or the environment. The restrictions outlined in Annex XVII are meticulously crafted based on scientific evidence, risk assessments, and socio-economic considerations.

New Substances in the Annex XVII

  • 1. Starting from August 6, 2026, it will be prohibited to place items on the market if, when tested following the conditions outlined in Appendix 14, the release of formaldehyde from those articles exceeds the following limits:
  • a. 0.062 mg/m3 for furniture and wood-based articles.
  • b. 0.080 mg/m3 for articles other than furniture and wood-based articles.
  • 2. Road vehicles will not be permitted for market placement after August 6, 2027, if the formaldehyde concentration within the vehicle interior surpasses 0.062 mg/m3, as per the specified test conditions detailed in Appendix 14.

The inclusion of a new substance to the REACH restriction list underscores the dynamic nature of chemical management and the relentless pursuit of a safer world. As Annex XVII evolves, it will continue to drive positive changes in industries, foster innovation, and contribute to a safer and more sustainable future for all.

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