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a) Do I have to stop using the substance?
b) Do I have to notify my use to ECHA?
a) It depends.
You do not have to stop if the application made up your supply chain has been submitted before the substance’s latest application date. In this case, you can continue using the substance after its sunset date, awaiting for the European Commission’s decision.
You have to stop if the authorisation application has been submitted after the substance’s latest application date. You can restart using the substance only if the European Commission decides to grant an authorisation for your use.
b) Not yet. As long as the European Commission’s decision on the authorisation application covering your use is pending, you cannot notify your use to ECHA. The notification of authorised uses is possible only after an authorisation has been granted. Once the decision to grant an authorisation has been adopted, you then need to submit a downstream user notification of your authorised use (Article 66 of REACH) to ECHA within three months from the first delivery of the substance (see also Q&A 1441).