Triton X 100 was first initially listed as a chemical of high concern in 2016 based on its endocrine disrupting properties. Research has shown the substance is dangerous due to it breaking down easily into octyphenol which is a toxic chemical that can be very persistent in the environment.
The European parliament has now restricted the use of Triton X 100 and has placed the substance into the Annex XIV of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REECH). This means the substance cannot be used or placed on the market after the sunset date which was January 4th, 2021.
Authorisation was granted to some applicants to allow them to continue to use Triton X 100. However, those who are authorised to use the substance now need to entirely remove Triton X 100 from their wastewater to comply with the current regulations.