In March 2016 ECHA published the compendium on analytical methods for restrictions under REACH Annex XVII. It describes over 100 recommended analytical methods that inspectors in Europe can use when checking compliance with REACH restrictions in Annex XVII.

The compendium will be used in the ongoing REF-4 project which is coordinated by ECHA’s Enforcement Forum. In this project, enforcement authorities in 29 European countries test for 14 substances which may be found in consumer products such as textiles, toys, jewellery, or used for glues or brazing fillers. The project will last for the whole of 2016 and may target different REACH categories. The enforcement authorities will also cooperate with customs authorities.

Restricted Substances

The coordinated inspections under REF-4 will check if companies comply with REACH restrictions for the following substances:

REACH annex 17 itemSubstanceREACH annex 17 itemSubstance
5Benzene45Diphenylether, octabromo derivative(C12H2Br8O)
6Asbestos fibres48Toluene
23Cadmium and its compounds49Trichlorobenzene
27Nickel and its compounds50Polycyclic-aromatic hydrocarbons, PAH
43Azocolourants and Azodyes52phthalateDINP、DIDP、DNOP
47Chromium VI compounds63Lead and its compounds

CTI Suggestion

In recent years products found not to comply with REACH regulation requirements is increasing, the published compendium on analytical methods for restrictions under REACH Annex XVII will help enterprises to better meet the requirements of the REACH regulations and to reduce the risk of the product being recalled.