Registry of restriction intentions until outcome

Registry of restriction intentions until outcome

Registry of restriction intentions until outcome

The registry of restriction intentions until outcome lists the intentions and Annex XV restriction proposals received by ECHA.

A restriction proposal may be prepared by a Member State or by ECHA at the request of the Commission or on its own initiative for substances in the Authorisation List. It is a legal requirement for a Member State to notify ECHA of its intention to prepare a restriction dossier. The advance notice enables interested parties to plan and prepare for commenting later on.

Interested parties can follow the progress of a proposal through the restriction process, from the notification of the intention to the adoption of the final opinions by the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and the Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC), and the adoption of the restriction by the European Commission.

Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any relevant information to the dossier submitters during the preparation of the restriction proposal and during the consultations. Information to motivate any exemptions to the scope described in the intention is particularly useful to receive in the preparatory phase of the dossier.

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)

EC / List no: - CAS no: -
CLP Annex VI Index number
Further substance information
Grouping approach. Substance scope based on the presence of indicator PAHs including: Acenaphthene CAS No 83-32-9 EC No 201-469-6; Acenaphthylene CAS No 208-96-8 EC No 205-917-1; Anthracene CAS No 120-12-7 EC No 204-371-1; Benzo[a]anthracene CAS No 56-55-3 EC No 56-55-3; Benzo[a]pyrene CAS No 50-32-8 EC No 200-028-5 (Benzo[def]chrysene); Benzo[b]fluoranthene CAS No 205-99-2 EC No 205-911-9 (Benzo[e]acephenanthrylene); Benzo[e]pyrene CAS No 192-97-2 EC No 205-892-7; Benzo[ghi]perylene CAS No 191-24-2 EC No 205-883-8; Benzo[j]fluoranthene CAS No 205-82-3 EC No 205-910-3; Benzo[k]fluoranthene CAS No 207-08-9 EC No 205-916-6; Chrysene CAS No 218-01-9 EC No 205-923-4; Dibenzo[a,h]anthracene CAS No 53-70-3 EC No 200-181-8; Fluoranthene CAS No 206-44-0 EC No 205-912-4; Fluorene CAS No 86-73-7 EC No 201-695-5; Indeno[1,2,3cd]pyrene CAS No 193-39-5 EC No 205-893-2; Naphthalene CAS No 91-20-3 EC No 202-049-5; Phenanthrene CAS No 85-01-8 EC No 201-581-5; Pyrene CAS No 129-00-0 EC No 204-927-3
Details on the scope of restriction
Restriction on the placing on the market and use of substances containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in clay targets for shooting.
Reason for restriction
Clay target shooting is a sport involving shooting a firearm at special flying targets known as clay targets (or clay pigeons). Clay targets are manufactured using different types of binders, including coal tar pitch high temperature (CTPht) which was included in Annex XIV of REACH on 14 June 2017 due to its carcinogenic (Article 57 (a)), Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT) (Article 57(d)), and very Persistent and very Bioaccumulative (vPvB) (Article 57(e)) properties. The sunset date (4 October 2020) for CTPht has expired, requiring ECHA to consider if the use of the substance in articles is adequately controlled, and if it is not, to prepare an Annex XV dossier for restriction (Article 69(2) of REACH). The use of CTPht in clay targets (produced in the EU as well as imported) presents an EU-wide risk and ECHA will prepare an Annex XV restriction dossier to restrict this substance in such articles under Article 69(2). In practice any restriction of CTPht in clay targets should be based on a concentration limit of indicator PAHs in the clay targets. Several alternatives to CTPht are currently in the market. Although most of the alternatives contain PAHs in concentrations lower than that of the CTPht, alternatives containing PAHs may also present a risk to the environment and human health. In order to ensure a high protection of human health and the environment in the EU and avoid regrettable substitution, the Commission has requested ECHA to prepare an Annex XV dossier on substances containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in clay targets for shooting. This restriction dossier should be closely linked/merged with the Annex XV restriction dossier pursuant to Article 69(2) that ECHA will prepare on the substance CTPht used as a binder in the clay targets.
Opinions adopted
Date of intention
Expected date of submission
Withdrawal date
Reason for withdrawal
Start of Call for Evidence consultation
Deadline for comments on the Call for Evidence
Start of second Call for Evidence consultation
Deadline for comments on the second Call for Evidence
Start of third Call for Evidence consultation
Deadline for comments on the third Call for Evidence
Restriction report (and annexes)
Information note on restriction report
Start of Annex XV report consultation
1st deadline for comments on Annex XV report
Final deadline for comments on Annex XV report
Comments on Annex XV report
Opinion of RAC (and minority positions) and Forum Enforceability Advice (as of September 2023)
Draft opinion of SEAC
RAC & SEAC (draft) Background document (and annexes)
Start of SEAC draft opinion consultation
Deadline for comments on SEAC draft opinion
Comments on SEAC draft opinion
Compiled RAC and SEAC opinion (and minority positions)
Final background document (and annexes)
Adopted restriction/Commission communication
Latest update
First published

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Name EC / List no. CAS no. Association
Benzo[def]chrysene 200-028-5 50-32-8 Official source
Pyrene 204-927-3 129-00-0 Official source
Benz[a]anthracene 200-280-6 56-55-3 Official source
Acenaphthene 201-469-6 83-32-9 Official source
Phenanthrene 201-581-5 85-01-8 Official source
Fluorene 201-695-5 86-73-7 Official source
Naphthalene 202-049-5 91-20-3 Official source
Benzo[ghi]perylene 205-883-8 191-24-2 Official source
Benzo[e]pyrene 205-892-7 192-97-2 Official source
Indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene 205-893-2 193-39-5 Official source
Benzo[j]fluoranthene 205-910-3 205-82-3 Official source
Benzo[e]acephenanthrylene 205-911-9 205-99-2 Official source
Fluoranthene 205-912-4 206-44-0 Official source
Benzo[k]fluoranthene 205-916-6 207-08-9 Official source
Acenaphthylene 205-917-1 208-96-8 Official source
Chrysene 205-923-4 218-01-9 Official source
Anthracene 204-371-1 120-12-7 Official source
Dibenz[a,h]anthracene 200-181-8 53-70-3 Official source