Restricted Substances Data Module

What is it?
A regularly-updated information resource that helps you to understand your exposure to the legislation and standards that may restrict substances used in manufacturing your products.
What is in it?
Over 8,300 records, each describing a specific restricted substance. Details of over 115 pieces of national and international legislation, regulations, and industry standards that regulate the use of substances. New legislation is continually added and existing records are monitored and updated.
What is it used for?
As a knowledge-base to explore the implications of restricted substance regulations. Link to in-house data with GRANTA MI:Restricted Substances to assess risk for your materials and products.
Where does it come from?
The data is compiled and maintained by Granta Design, guided by the EMIT Consortium.
How can I access it?
Via the GRANTA MI materials information system.

A unique resource to help mitigate restricted substance risk

Every manufacturing organization is aware of the risks associated restricted substances—legal liability, non-compliance costs, re-design, product recalls, or inability to make or service products due to materials obsolescence. Minimizing these risks is difficult, not least because of gaps in company knowledge. It's difficult to keep up with updated regulations, or to gather data from suppliers. The Restricted Substances Data Module is a unique information resource to solve this problem.

In combination with Granta's MaterialUniverse data and Coatings data, the Restricted Substances Data Module creates an unrivalled, regularly-updated knowledge-base that covers: thousands of restricted substances; 100+ international legislations, regulations, lists, and standards; property data on the full range of engineering materials; and information on coatings.

A vital feature is the linking between records. Substances are linked to related legislation. Selected substances (currently those on the candidate list of SVHCs, 'Substitute it now' SIN list, and Annex XVII of REACH) are also linked to the data records for the materials that they impact. This enables queries such as "Which materials will this new candidate list impact?" Keep up-to-date with the regulatory landscape and fill knowledge gaps, for example, where supplier data is missing.

GRANTA MI allows you to build similar links between the substance records and information in your corporate materials database. Build a knowledge-base incorporating in-house specifications, substances, regulations, and customer standards.

The structure of the data module

A typical data structure for restricted substances information.

Using the data

With such a structure, it is easy to query the data, to generate compliance reports, and to answer questions such as:

  • Does this material or process involve substances that are impacted by current legislation? Which legislation? Is it likely to be targeted by future legislation?
  • Which production and process materials are not impacted but have similar physical and mechanical properties (and thus may be appropriate substitutes)?
  • Which materials may contain this substance? For example, where should we target our resource when carrying out due diligence audit for a new substance added to the REACH Candidate list?
  • Which of our manufacturing processes are at risk due to likely future obsolescence of a process chemical?

What substance data is included?

Restricted substance records provide:

  • General information about the substance (for example, its CAS Registry Number, IUPAC name and common synonyms, classification and labeling, and uses)
  • Links to all legislation in the database that affect that substance
  • Each legislation is given a rating, from 'Banned' at it most severe to 'Caution' at its least severe (the rating system was developed in collaboration with the EMIT Consortium).
  • A rolled-up rating can be associated with a substance record, showing the most severe rating of all legislations linked to that substance - this helps with the generation of summary reports for materials or products containing many substances. This rating system is fully customisable and can be replaced by similar in-house systems.

Customisable Profiles can be set up to filter the legislation displayed in the database. So you can quickly assess how legislative environment in different geographies impact on your production and process material portfolio. For example, is material X banned or at risk of phase out in the EU, but not in the US? Similarly, different legislative environments in your supply base and target markets can be quickly assessed. This helps with scenarios such as a substance being banned in your target market, but not in your supply base.

Restricted substance record. Click for larger image.

Viewing the data module within the GRANTA MI web browse interface.
Data on a Substance of Very High Concern under Annex XV of REACH.

What legislation data is included?

The Restricted Substances data module currently contains information on the following regulations, standards, and lists.

European legislation

  • EC Regulation 2037/2000 (Ozone Depletion)
  • EU Directive 1996/82/EC (Seveso II)–EU Directive 2003/105/EC
  • EU Directive 1999/13/EC (Solvent Emissions Directive – VOC) – Directive 2004/42/EC
  • Regulation No. 842/2006 (on certain fluorinated greenhouse gases)
  • EU Directive 85/467/EEC Polychlorinated Biphenyls
  • EU Directive 2000/53/EC (ELV)
  • EU Directive 2002/95/EC (RoHS)
  • EU Directive 2002/96/EC (WEEE)
  • EU Directive 2005/32/EC (EuP)
  • EU Directive 2005/84/C (Phthalate Directive)
  • EU Proposed Directive COM2004(320)
  • CLP Regulation EC 1272/2008
    • Pre-registration
    • Registry of intentions
    • Proposed Candidate List SVHCs
    • The Candidate List of SVHCs
    • Annex XIV Prioritisations
    • Annex XIV – Authorization List
    • Annex XVII – Restrictions
    • Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP)

US legislation

  • Clean Air Act (CAA)
    • Ozone-Depleting Substances Pro
    • US Air Toxics Regulations (NESHAP)
    • EPCRA, Section 302, EHS TPQ
    • EPCRA, Section 313 TRI
    • EPCRA, Section 304, EHS RQ
  • National Toxicology Program (NTP)–Report on Carcinogens (RoC)
  • National Waste Minimization Program–Priority Chemicals
  • TSCA Section 5(a) Significant New Use Rules (SNURs)
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants List (POP)
  • Severely restricted pesticides, Prior Informed Consent (PIC)
  • US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) –Chemicals of Concern (CoC)
  • US EPA 33/50 Program (EPA 17 materials)
  • NESHAP: Aerospace Manufacturing and Rework Facilities (60FR45948, 1 Sept 1995)
  • NESHAP: Defence Land Systems and Miscellaneous Equipment
  • California Green Chemistry Initiative
  • TSCA Section 5(b)(4) Chemicals of Concern
  • TSCA Section 6
  • US EPA Voluntary Phase out of Deca-bde

Asia legislation

  • China RoHS
  • Chinese MEP Order 22
  • Korean WEEE and RoHS Regulations
  • Korean Priority Existing Chemicals requiring registration
  • Korean TCCA
  • Japanese Lists of Class I, II Specified Chemical Substances
  • Japanese Monitoring Chemcial Substances list
  • Japanese List of Priority Assessment Chemicals under CSCL

Industry Standards / Predictive Lists

  • Global Automotive Declarable Substance List (GADSL)
  • Joint Industry Guide (JIG)
  • Substitute it Now (SIN) List 2.0
  • ASD-STAN TR9536 Declarable Substances List
  • Afsset
  • EPA List of Lists
  • Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
  • Rotterdam Convention
  • Montreal Protocol

Canadian legislation

  • 1999 Canadian Environmental Protection Act ("CEPA 1999" ) The Canadian Chemical Challenge (CCC)


Regular update service

The Restricted Substances data module is maintained via a regular update service, ensuring that you are applying up-to-date information in your design process. Database development priorities are defined by the EMIT Consortium.

With the GRANTA MI Notification feature you can place a watch on substance or legislation records of particular interest and be alerted if a data update impacts that record. For example, you would receive a notification if a restricted substance became part of the candidate list of SVHCs under REACH.