REACH’s Complete List of Registered Substances

ECHA announced its list of publishable Phase-In substances under REACH regulation that were registered as of Jan. 24, 2011.

Every product is made from substances, and substances in some articles need to be registered with the European Chemicals Agency or ECHA if the products are intended to be brought to market.  Which products?  Almost any manufactured product that has a chemical in it:  clothing, furniture, plastic cases for electronic devices, motor vehicle parts, printed circuits, as well as process manufacturing products such as pharmaceutical drugs, solder and paint.

EU REACH regulation recognizes three primary deadlines for registering substances, see REACH timeline.  The first deadline was Nov. 30, 2010.  The next two deadlines are May 31, 2013, and May 31, 2018.  The deadline depends on the tonnage band and the hazardous properties of the substance.

About 30,000 substances are expected to be available in the database after expiry of the last registration deadline in 2018.  There are currently about 1/10th of that listed, just over 3000.  It’s expected that the number of substances listed in the database will increase over time, as we’ve said before, as companies will submit more registrations dossiers as we go.

List of REACH publishable Phase-In substances

Below is a preview of the list of publishable Phase-In substances under REACH regulation.  These were substances that were registered as of Jan. 24, 2011. ECHA has published this information on Registered Substances primarily so companies can start to use the data to bolster and gauge their own internal data processes and fortify their REACH software.  The information in the database was provided by companies in registration dossiers.

Please be aware that ECHA does not verify the information before dissemination, so some viewer discretion is advised.

Notice the bottom of the page says there are 62 pages of substances.  We won’t run them all here.  To see the full list, go to the ECHA database.

Please note that the ‘Registered As’ columns in the official ECHA published list (as above) are identified as follows:
•    FULL Indicates registration under REACH Article 10 as a full dossier
•    OSII Indicates registration under REACH Article 17 as an on-site isolated intermediate (OSII)
•   TII Indicates registration under REACH Article 18 as a transported isolated intermediate (TII)
•    ‘Yes’ Indicates the substance registration under REACH is complete
•    ‘In Proccess’ Indicates a dossier on the substance has been successfully submitted to ECHA and is being processed, i.e. the completeness check results are pending

As only publishable substances are listed, the list does not contain phase-in substances where the IUPAC name is claimed confidential under REACH Art 119(2)(g).  The list also doesn’t contain substances which are non-dangerous and not listed in EINECS.

A chemical named John Doe

If you want to keep your chemical name confidential in terms of ECHA registration, you must come up with an alias. As with most things REACH-related, there is a specific methodology for this.  You must provide an adequate public name as a precondition for the acceptance of a confidentiality claim for the chemical IUPAC name.

If ECHA rejects a confidentiality claim for the IUPAC name, the IUPAC name will be published. It’s best to take the time to create a public name the correct way.

The way to derive a public name for a substance are presented in the ECHA manual. There is a process for masking of various structural elements from the IUPAC name in order to derive a public name with just one level of masking. The one level of masking keeps it simple. If you feel your chemical needs additional levels of masking, a special request and allowance can in certain circumstances be made.

The full database contains a variety of information on the substances which companies manufacture or import: their hazardous properties, their classification and labeling and how to use the substances safely.

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Kal Kawar, CIH, PE, has a bachelor's in chemical engineering and a master's in industrial hygiene. His professional experience includes serving as staff industrial hygienist for IBM's New York semiconductor manufacturing facility, and as industrial hygienist for IBM’s US headquarters. Now executive vice president of Actio, Kal taps more than 20 years' worth of chemical engineering, industrial hygiene, and environmental engineering experience. His far-reaching expertise with global regulatory challenges created by EPA, TSCA, REACH, RoHS, WEEE – and hundreds of others – aid in developing Actio software solutions for MSDS management, raw material disclosure compliance, and product stewardship in a supply chain.