Recommendation for inclusion in the Authorisation List

ECHA prioritises the substances from the Candidate List to determine which ones should be included in the Authorisation List (Annex XIV of REACH) and therefore, subject to authorisation. ECHA regularly submits recommendations to the European Commission, who will decide on the substances to be included in the Authorisation List.

Priority is normally given to substances with PBT or vPvB properties, wide dispersive use or high volumes.

The draft recommendation includes, amongst other things, this information:

  •  Sunset Date from which the placing on the market and the use of a substance is prohibited, unless an authorisation is granted or the use is exempt from authorisation
  • Latest application date by which applications must be received if the applicant wishes to continue the placing on the market or use of the substance after the sunset date
  • Review periods for certain uses, if any
  • Uses exempted from the authorisation requirement, if any

Those who want to submit comments on the draft recommendation can do so within three months of the publication date.

The Member State Committee prepares its opinion on the draft recommendation taking into account the received comments.

The opinion of the Committee and the comments received during the public consultation will help ECHA finalise its recommendation, which will be submitted to the European Commission, for a decision on the substances to be included in the Authorisation List.


There are some generic exemptions from the authorisation requirement. In addition to those generic exemptions, ECHA may propose substance and use specific exemptions if there are other Community legislations which provide the minimum requirements for the proper control of the risks and for the protection of human health or the environment. These exemptions will be listed based on the recommendation that ECHA submits to the European Commission.