REACH: Boric Acid is not included in Authorization List


The plating industry can breathe a sigh of relief: at the moment, boric acid will not become subject to authorisation. For the time being, the European Commission has postponed the decision on the inclusion of boric acid in Annex XIV (Authorization List) of the REACH regulation. The respective Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/999 was published on 14 June 2017 and shall enter into force on 3 July 2017.

Boric acid was included in the candidate list because of its intrinsic properties on18 June 2010. Boric acid, disodium tetraborate (anhydrous), diboron trioxide, and tetraboron disodium heptaoxide (hydrate) meet the criteria for classification as toxic for reproduction (category 1B). Therefore, ECHA recommended to include these substances in Annex XIV of REACH on 1 July 2015. For the time being, the decision on the inclusion of boric acid has been postponed. In support of its decision, the European Commission states that the uses of these substances are very diverse and concern a broad range of different manufacturing industries, expected to lead to highly complex applications for authorisation.

Whether this decision reflects the lessons learned from the highly problematic authorisation of chromic acid still remains to be seen.