REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals)

All member companies of the European Chlorinated Solvent Association (ECSA) met the first registration deadline for chlorinated solvents under REACH, the European regulation covering the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals.

ECSA members have prepared in 2008 & 2009 to form a Consortium to register chlorinated solvents under REACH. In the begining of 2009 the Chlorinated Solvents REACH Consortium has been formed for five chlorinated substances, with ReachCentrum acting as secretariat for the consortium. The consortium members have agreed to cooperate, under the leadership of one lead company/lead registrant per substance in the preparation of a joint registration dossier for each of the 5 substances.

The following substances (EC number; CAS number) have been successfully registered by ECSA members in 2010:

More information about this REACH Consortium, including information for the SIEF is found on here


Authorisation of Trichloroethylene

Trichloroethylene has been added to ANNEX XIV of REACH on the 21st of April 2013 with the following dates:

-        Application Date: October 21, 2014 (Date by which applications for authorization must be submitted to allow continued uses after the sunset date),

-        Sunset Date: (April 21, 2016)

Trichloroethylene can only be used after the sunset date  when a downstream user or his supplier holds and authorization for a particular use or the use falls under certain exemptions such as intermediate use or use in scientific research and development below 1mt/year (which includes the use in quality control). Please contact your supplier if Trichloroethylene is mandatory for your operation and you want to continue to use it.

Please refer to the webpage of the European Chemical Agency ECHA for further information on authorisation.


Revision: 02/2018