REACH knowledge base – Authorization of SVHC substances
REACH introduced restrictions on the use of certain “substances of very high concern”. These substances may only be used for uses specified in Annex XIV or for other purposes only when it has been authorized by the manufacturer/importer or downstream user.
The intention of the REACH Regulation is to put an end on the use of these substances by putting “pressure” on the industry, and make them to replace these substances with new, less hazardous ones.
In the light of all these, all manufacturers, importers and downstream users submitting an application for authorization should analyze the availability of alternatives and examine their risks and the technical and economic feasibility of the substitution.
The use of the substance on its own, in mixtures or in articles can be continued until reaching the so-called “sunset date”.
The sunset date is determined in Annex XIV.
After reaching the sunset date, the substance may be used only if the supplier has requested permission for the use of the substance, but the decision is still pending, or if we have our own license for the use.
License holders and downstream users, including downstream users who use the substance for a mixture, shall put the license number on the label before placing the substance – or the mixture containing the substance – on the market for an authorized use. This should be immediately done as soon as the license number has been made publicly available.