Regulatory update REACH Annex XIV
This information is an update on a recent decisions by the European Union regarding n-propyl bromide (nPB ), the base material for EnSolv®. On the 14th June 2017 the revised list of chemicals in Annex XIV of REACH was published and n Propyl Bromide was included. This has consequences which will affect EnSolv users but it is not the end for this product.
Substances in Annex XIV of REACH have to get authorisation to be used by industry. Without authorisation the use of the substance will eventually be banned in the UK* and EU. The timescale for authorisations is as follows:
The Lead Registrant for the substance n Propyl Bromide is ICL Industrial Products who manufacture the base chemical. They are totally committed to support n-PB as a vapour degreasing solvent to continue to provide users with all the benefits this product offers.
A company of consultants have been retained to coordinate the authorisation of nPB in vapour degreasing processes. Our EnSolv® users are invited to provide details of their current process to be included in this program
ETE is confident that we will be given authorisation for certain defined vapour degreasing processes. Once established, this generic authorisation will set out specifications for the equipment and processes that need to be in place to enable end users to continue using EnSolv® under licence for a further period of time (probably up to 12 years) before renewal.
EnSolv® can continue to be used beyond the Sunset Date even if the decision to authorise has not yet been made.
* For the UK, at this moment in time it is unclear what effect Brexit will have on REACH regulations. It is by no means certain that it will all be cut and pasted into UK law under the Repeal Bill. However if it is we have a submission for authorisations underway for it to continue to be used.