Detergents REACH Information

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has established REACH as of June 1, 2007. REACH stands for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restrictions of Chemicals, and addresses the production, import and use of chemical substances and their potential impacts on human health and the environment.

In December 2012 the substance group “4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenol, ethoxylated [covering well defined substances and UVCB substances, polymers and homologues]”, including Triton™ X-100 were added to the candidate list by ECHA. ECHA Entry for 4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenol, ethoxylated.

Octylphenol ethoxylates (OPE) and nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE) are included in the European Authorisation list (Annex XIV) of REACH. This has implications on the availability of these substances for EU manufacturers, importers, and downstream users as well as non-European manufacturers exporting their products into the EU.

The REACH Annex XIV sunset date is January 4, 2021. After this date, OPE and NPE products cannot be used, unless authorization was granted by the authorities or the intended use is exempted from authorization.To learn more, download our full statement on The Inclusion of Alkylphenol Ethoxylates in Annex XIV including a list of suggested alternatives.

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