- Applications for authorisation
- Downstream uses covered by granted authorisations
Downstream uses covered by granted authorisations
Applications for authorisation can cover uses of a given substance by the applicant, uses further down in the supply chain, or both.
Downstream users covered by an authorisation granted to an actor up their supply chain must notify ECHA of their use. This requirement is based on Article 66 of REACH.
ECHA keeps a register of downstream user notifications and passes the information to the Member State competent authorities.
The graph below gives an overview of all downstream user notifications received to date. For completeness, for the respective substances also the granted authorisations are presented. ECHA will update the information on a quarterly basis.
More details on the geographical distribution of uses are available under ‘Maps and graphs’.
Information collected from individual notifications is presented under ‘Register of notifications’.
The information provided is based on notifications received from users. Therefore, inaccuracies may exist. Please consult ECHA’s legal notice for further information.
Background:Authorisations to use SVHCs can be granted if an applicant can demonstrate that the risk from the use of the substance is adequately controlled, or that the socio-economic benefits outweigh the risks and there are no suitable alternatives. All authorisations are subject to a time-limited review period. The authorisation process aims to ensure that SVHCs are progressively replaced by less dangerous substances or technologies where technically and economically feasible alternatives are available. For more information about the authorisation process, follow the links available on this page.
For more information regarding the public version of the notification register and its aims, see ‘Information from downstream user notifications made public by ECHA’.
Authorised uses per SVHC since 2016 (cumulative)*)
*) Includes only substances for which there are authorisations covering downstream users. For information including other substances from the Authorisation List, see ‘Statistics on received applications’.
AH = authorisation holders, DU = downstream users.
Authorised uses per SVHC *)
|As of 31 March 2020||Downstream |
uses notified (active)
|Uses for which |
own authorisation is held**)
|Total authorised uses|
|Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) ***)||0||0||0|
|Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)||9||4||13|
|Lead sulfochromate yellow||166||4||170|
|Lead chromate molybdate sulfate red||149||4||153|
|Pentazinc Chromate Octahydroxide||8||6||14|
*) Includes only substances for which there are authorisations covering downstream users.
**) These are uses for which companies have an authorisation themselves. They also include authorisations held by companies whose applications covered downstream uses, as the same uses are permitted to take place also at the authorisation holders’ sites. However, it is possible that in practice the authorisation holders do not themselves use the substance.
***) All authorisations for HBCDD expired on 21 August 2017.
Geographical distribution of authorised uses over time
The number of downstream user notifications is counted as follows:
- Each use per site is counted as a separate notification, and the total number of active notifications (uses) is reported. So, if there are four uses of a substance at one site, and three (same or different) uses at another site, this is counted as seven notifications.
- If ECHA subsequently receives an update of a notification showing that the substance is no longer used at a site (ceased or substituted use), the number of uses at that site will be deducted from the current total number of notifications.
- Uses for which the authorisation’s review period has expired and no review report has been submitted are deducted from the counts (this also applies to the uses of authorisation holders).
Note: Statistics published prior to June 2018 contained some inaccuracies due to a mistake in the counting algorithm. As of June 2018, prior period errors have been corrected retrospectively for all data. The correction has affected mainly the counts for the substance HBCDD and, to a lesser extent, those for other substances.
- Information from downstream user notifications made public by ECHA
- Submitting downstream user notification of authorised uses
- Downstream users: notify ECHA if you use an authorised substance (ECHA Newsletter – September 2015)
- Statistics on received applications
- REACH Authorisation explained
- Applications for authorisation in brief
- Applications for authorisation process