ECHA Shortlists 162 Substances From the REACH Registrations For Potential Regulatory Action

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has selected 162 chemical substances from the REACH registrations for further scrutiny Categories: Chemical Data Management and Regulatory Compliance Software, Industry News, VOC/HAPs Reporting Mar 03, 2017

In its annual IT screening exercise, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has selected 162 chemical substances from the REACH registrations to be shortlisted for further scrutiny by Member States’ Competent Authorities. These authorities will carry out a manual examination on a number of REACH dossiers, before deciding whether regulatory action is needed.


Each year ECHA and the Competent Authorities conduct IT and manual screening as part of their common screening approach. The aim of this is to identify hazardous substances that pose a risk to human health or the environment, and then take them forward to the most appropriate REACH and CLP processes to ensure their safe use. This approach forms an important part of ECHA’s ‘SVHC Roadmap to 2020’ implementation plan.

In the last three rounds of IT screening, a total of 893 chemicals have been identified for further scrutiny, with 581 substances being further examined by Member State authorities. 78% of these substances required regulatory action, with some needing more than one outcome.


The shortlist is based on an automated IT screening, and focuses on substances which are:

  • Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or Toxic to Reproduction (CMRs)
  • Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBTs)
  • Endocrine-Disruptors
  • Sensitisers
  • Chemicals with Specific Target Organ Toxicity from Repeated Exposure (STOT RE) properties

Potential chemical substances with these hazardous properties were then further shortlisted based whether their use is likely to lead to human exposure or release to the environment. Competent Authorities will then select substances from this shortlist for specific manual observations.

Next Steps

If a company has registered a chemical substance(s) which has now been shortlisted by ECHA, the company will receive a letter from ECHA informing of the potential examination of registration(s). It is recommended that review and updates of REACH dossiers are completed as soon as possible to address any possible shortcomings, as up to date information will help Member State authorities to assess these substances and determine whether regulatory action is required.

ECHA does not make the initial list of shortlisted substances public, as this is based purely on automated IT selection, and manual verification is needed to confirm a potential concern. However, if it is decided that action needs to be taken on a substance, this information will be published on ECHA’s website in one of a number of places:

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