On this page you can find a list of databases for general information purposes but also to check if your substance is under regulatory scrutiny. In the different sections below, the most relevant databases are listed with a short explanation as to what the link refers to and which information can be found.
This is not an exhaustive list and only provides you with the most relevant databases that apply to REACH and CLP.
The databases provided under the header general information are not immediately relevant to possible substitution activities but provide a good starting point when searching for information on chemicals. The search engine ECHA CHEM can be searched with the name of the chemical but is better searched with numerical identifiers such as the CAS or the EC number of the substance for which you seek information.
REACH – Registration
The information in the database was provided by companies in their REACH registration dossiers. A variety of information on the substances which companies manufacture or import can be found: their hazardous properties, their classification and labelling and how to use the substances safely, for example.
REACH – Evaluation
CoRAP (Community Rolling Action Plan)
The CoRAP is the list of registered substances that have been selected for substance evaluation. Substances are selected if there is a concern of a possible risk for human health or the environment.
PACT – RMOA and hazard assessment activities
The Public Activities Coordination Tool (PACT) lists all substances for which an informal hazard assessment or a risk management option analysis (RMOA) is being developed or has been completed with the aim to identify potential SVHC.
REACH – Authorisation
ECHA (at the request of the Commission) or Member States may prepare dossiers for the identification of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) and inclusion in the Candidate list for authorisation.
Substances officially identified as substances of very high concern (SVHC) are included in the so-called Candidate List for authorisation. Substances may be identified as SVHC according to the criteria of article 57a-f REACH, i.e. carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMR), persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) or very persistent or very bioaccumulative (vPvB), or having properties rising equivalent level of concern, e.g. endocrine disrupting properties.
Producers and importers have to notify to ECHA the substances listed on the Candidate list which are present in their articles, if both the following conditions are met:
Companies have to notify no later than six months after the inclusion of the substance in the Candidate List.
|The REACH Regulation requires that ECHA identifies from the "Candidate List" priority substances to be included in Annex XIV of REACH (the "Authorisation List") and recommends Annex XIV entries (i.e. transitional arrangements and, where relevant, exemptions and review periods) for these substances to the European Commission, taking into account the opinion of the Member State Committee. The European Commission finally decides which SVHC will be included in Annex XIV and with which entries.|
Annex XIV REACH is the Authorisation list of the REACH Regulation following the identification of a substance as SVHC, a substance on the candidate list may be included in Annex XIV REACH and becomes subject to authorisation. If an SVHC is placed on the Authorisation list, companies may send an application to ECHA requesting the authorisation for specified uses.
If an SVHC is placed on the REACH Authorisation list, companies may only use the substance if an application for authorisation has been submitted to ECHA and the authorisation has been granted by the Commission. The application for authorisation process includes a period of public consultation and last for eight weeks.
ECHA´s Risk Assessment Committee, the RAC, evaluates the submitted Application for Authorisation, describing the risk and risk management measures related to a continued use of an Annex XIV listed SVHC. This includes the assessment of comments submitted by third parties and risks posed by potential alternative substances and technologies.
© Copyright European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Source: ECHA guidance "Chemical safety in your business"
REACH – Restriction
Member States Competent Authorities (MSCAs) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on request by the Commission may prepare an official proposal (REACH Annex XV dossiers) for restrictions of substances.
ECHA´s Risk Assessment Committee, the RAC, evaluates whether the proposed restriction on manufacture, placing on the market or use of a substance is appropriate in reducing the risk to human health and the environment. This includes the assessment of comments submitted by third parties.
If a chemical poses an unacceptable risk that needs to be addressed on an EU-wide basis, a Member State or ECHA (on request of the Commission) may propose a restriction on the manufacturing, placing on the market or the use of that chemical of concern. Restricted substances and conditions of their restriction are listed in Annex XVII REACH.
This database contains CLP classification and labelling (C&L) information on notified and registered substances received from manufacturers and importers (presented with a yellow background). It also includes the list of harmonised classifications (presented with a blue background).
Member States Competent Authorities (MSCAs) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on request by the Commission may prepare an official proposal (REACH Annex XV dossiers) for a harmonised classification of a substance.
The Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) examines the proposals for harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) and gives an opinion on the proposed harmonised classification of substances as carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic for reproduction or as a respiratory sensitiser, as well as other effects on a case-by-case basis.
© Copyright European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Source: ECHA webpage on Harmonised classifcation and labelling
You will find below a selection of databases and tools that can be used for initial verification. These are from external providers and the list below is for informational purposes only and is not subject to official validation by the REACH&CLP Helpdesk Luxembourg.
RISCTOX is a database of hazardous substances developed by the Spanish Trade Union Institute ISTAS commissioned by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and supported by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) to provide information about identified health and environmental risks caused by chemicals used at the workplace.
The SIN (Substitute It Now!) List is an NGO driven project promoting substitution of hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives. The SIN List consists of 913 chemicals that ChemSec has identified as Substances of Very High Concern based on the criteria established by the REACH regulation. The SIN List is no official regulatory list and thus has no legal implications.
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) established the Trade Union Priority List (TUPL) including in its 2.0 version 334 substances or groups of substances ordered by priority, and which should have priority for inclusion in the REACH candidate list and potentially in the authorisation list (REACH Annex XIV). The TUPL is no official regulatory list and thus has no immediately legal implications.
SUBSPORT is a free-of-charge, multilingual platform for the exchange of information on alternative substances and technologies, as well as tools and guidance for substance evaluation and substitution management.
The OECD has created a Substitution and Alternatives Assessment Toolbox with the aim of supporting decision making for the substitution of chemicals of concern. The OECD toolbox can be described as a compilation of resources that are relevant for the substitution of chemicals and the assessment of possible alternatives. The interface of the toolbox contains four resources ranging from an Alternatives Assessment Tool Selector to a list of regulations and restrictions throughout OECD member countries that can be seen as the driving force behind a search for a suitable alternative.
You may find further information of chemicals and chemical categories in the OECD eChem portal.