Assessment reports for TCE and 1-bromopropane
We have published assessments concluding that there is currently no need to restrict the use of trichloroethylene (TCE; EC 201-167-4, CAS 79-01-6) and 1-bromopropane (EC 203-445-0, CAS 106-94-5) in articles in accordance with Article 69(2) of REACH. However, we will continue to monitor the situation, especially through our databases of substances of very high concern in articles (SiA and SCIP).
ECHA's completed activities on restriction
Case study: TCE use dropped by 95 % due to authorisation requirement
Our new report details the impacts of REACH authorisation on trichloroethylene (TCE; EC 201-167-4, CAS 79-01-6) from its inclusion on the Candidate List in 2010 until January 2022.
The need to obtain authorisation significantly reduced the use of TCE. Its annual use in the EU has dropped more than 95 % from around 50 000 tonnes to an estimated 1 200 tonnes in the past 12 years. In industrial metal parts cleaning, its use has stopped altogether.
The report also concludes that authorisation has reduced the risks related to TCE use. At the same time, it recognises that alternatives may pose risks to people and the environment.
TCE is a solvent and degreasing agent used by various industries. It is known to cause cancer and is suspected of causing genetic defects.
Report [PDF] | TCE Infocard
Summary of the February REACH Committee meeting
The European Commission has published the summary of the meeting that took place on 2 February 2022.