Statistics on downstream uses covered by granted authorisations

Applications for authorisation can cover uses taking place at the site of the applicant, its downstream users, or both.

Downstream users who rely on an authorisation granted to an actor up their supply chain, to continue using a substance of very high concern (SVHC) after its sunset date, must notify ECHA of their use. This requirement is based on Article 66 of the REACH Regulation.

ECHA keeps an up-to-date register of these notifications and passes the information to the Member State competent authorities.

The table and maps give an overview of the notifications received so far.

  • Each use per site is counted as a separate notification, and the total number of active notifications (uses) is reported. So, if there are four uses of a substance at one site, and three (same or different) uses at another site, this is counted as seven notifications.
  • If ECHA subsequently receives an update of a notification showing that the substance is no longer used at a site (ceased or substituted use), the number of uses at that site will be deducted from the current total number of notifications.
  • Information about the authorised uses of the companies who submitted applications themselves is also contained in the table. This gives a more complete picture of authorised uses in the EU.

The information in the table and maps is based on notifications received from users. Therefore, inaccuracies may exist. ECHA will update the information on a quarterly basis.

Authorised uses of substances of very high concern*)


As of 31 December 2017 Downstream
uses notified
Uses for which
own authorisation is held**)
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) 86 26 112
Bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) 20 8 28
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) 12 6 18
Lead sulfochromate yellow 267 6 273
Lead chromate molybdate sulphate red 236 6 242
Trichloroethylene (TCE) 22 14 36
Total 643 66 709

*) Includes only substances for which there are upstream authorisations.
**) These are uses for which companies have an authorisation themselves. They include also authorisations held by companies whose applications covered downstream uses, as the same uses are permitted to take place also at the authorisation holders’ sites. It is possible, though, that in practice the authorisation holders do not themselves use the substance.

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


  By 2016 By 2017      
All substances with upstream applications December March June October December
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) December March June October December
Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) December March June October December
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) December March June October December
Lead sulfochromate yellow December March June October December
Lead chromate molybdate sulphate red December March June October December
Trichloroethylene (TCE)   March June October December


To ensure that only justified uses of the SVHCs continue after the sunset date, it is important that downstream users who benefit from granted authorisations, notify ECHA. The publication of this information is intended to also facilitate this process.

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