Authorised uses of substances in the EU

Users of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) need to notify ECHA their use. This takes place after the receipt of a substance for the use of which there is an authorisation. This requirement is based on Article 66 of the REACH Regulation. ECHA passes on the notifications to the enforcement authorities of Member States.

The following table and maps give an overview of these notifications. Each notification of a use per site is counted. All notifications are included cumulatively. In other words, if a notifier informs that they have ceased to use the substance, this is deducted in the table. For instance, if there are 4 uses of a substance in one site and 3 uses in another these are counted as seven notifications. If ECHA receives later a notification that the substance is no longer used on a site, this would be deducted from these 7 notifications.

The table has also information from authorisation decisions related to companies, which applied for uses occurring at their own sites.

As the information is based on the notifications received, inaccuracies may exist. ECHA updates the information quarterly.

The maps reflect notifications received by the end of a certain month which are still active (no ceased/substituted use). They are updated periodically.

Notifications received and other downstream uses per substance
31 December 2016


Other down-
stream uses1
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) 32 0 32
Bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) 13 2 15
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) 4 3 7
Lead sulfochromate yellow 97 0 97
Lead chromate molybdate sulphate red 82 0 82
Total3 228 5 233

1 These companies may be downstream users, which have an authorisation for their own use. In some cases they may simultaneously import or manufacture the substance.
2 Uses which may occur at the sites of upstream authorisation holders (the companies which supply the notifiers) are not included.

The maps below give the information per Member State and substance.


All uses December
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) December
Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) December
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) December
Lead sulfochromate yellow December
Lead chromate molybdate sulphate red December


To ensure that only justified uses of the SVHCs continue after the sunset date, it is important that all companies benefiting from granted authorisations notify ECHA. The publication of this information facilitates this process.