EU Chemical Inventory: EINECS, ELINCS and NLP

Little Pro on 2015-12-30

European Inventory of Existing Commercial Chemical Substances (EINECS), European List of Notified Chemical Substances (ELINCS) and No-longer Polymers (NLP) List are 3 very important chemical inventories in Europe. Substances listed in EINECS/ELINCS/NLP are deemed as phase-in or existing substances in Europe and they can enjoy extened registration deadlines until 2018 if they were pre-registered under the EU REACH regulation. Substances that are not listed on the three lists shall be registered immediately before they can be be manufactured or imported into EU.

The ECB's system ESIS has stopped working. To access EINECS, ELINCS and NLP and find an EC number for your substance, you may click the link below provided by ECHA.

Reminder: Since Switzerland is not a member of the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA), EU REACH regulation does not apply. Switzerland has its own chemical regulations adopting REACH-like registration requirements. Please refer to Swiss Chemicals Ordinance (ChemO).

European Inventory of Existing Commercial Chemical Substances (EINECS)

This inventory includes chemical substances deemed to be on the European Community market between January 1, 1971 and September 18, 1981.

European List of Notified Chemical Substances (ELINCS)

This inventory consists of all chemical substances notified within the European Community after 18 September 1981. The finalized ELINCS was issued in 2009 and includes 5,292 notified substances in total.

No-longer Polymers (NLP) List

This is a list of substances which were previously considered to be polymers and later did not meet polymer criteria due to the change of definition of polymer in 1992. Thus the No-longer Polymers (NLP) list was drawn up, consisting of such substances that were commercially available between 18 September 1981 and 31 October 1993.

List Numbers in SDSs

It should be noted that list numbers that start with 6, 7 or 8 shall not be used in SDS. Please see picture below.

EC number

Reference & Resources

Click here to access all references and resources for EU including the English translation of regulations ®ulatory lists.

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