Chemical Inventories in EU

Before REACH came into force, there are three chemical inventories in EU: EINECS, ELINCS and NLP. All of them are available from ESIS.

European Inventory of Existing Commercial Chemical Substances (EINECS)

The inventory includes chemical substances deemed to be on the European Community market between January 1,1971 and September18, 1981. Substances listed in EINECS are deemed as “phase in” or “existing” substance and they are being subjected to the registration under REACH (Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) in different phases over time.

European List of Notified Chemical Substances (ELINCS)

This inventory consists of all chemical substances notified within the European Community. The final edition of ELINCS (2009) is comprehensive of all notified substances, concluded by the Directive 67/548/EEC and representing 5,292 substances in total. Substances listed in EINECS are deemed as “phase in” substances under REACH.

No-longer Polymers

The definition of a polymer in EU is different from the OECD definition before the 7th amendment of Directive 67/548/EEC was adopted in 1992. As a consequence of the implementation of this amendment, some substances which were considered to be polymers under the reporting rules for EINECS are no longer considered to be polymers under the 7th amendment [2]. Therefore, these substances are called “No-Longer Polymers” (NLP). Those no-longer polymers shall be registered as a normal phase-in substance under REACH.

The NLP list mainly consists of the following groups:

  • alkoxylated substances
  • oligomeric reaction products
  • oligomers from one monomer only
  • dimers and trimers
  • polymer-like substances containing 50% or more by weight of species with the same molecular weight

Chemical Inventories in EU after REACH

After REACH came into force, there will be mainly three chemical lists in Europe. There are available from ECHA's website.

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