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10 New Substances added to the Candidate List of SVHCs

ECHA has added 10 additional substances to the Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs), bringing the total substances to 191.

With toxic properties ranging from Persistent, Bioaccumulating, and Toxic (PBT); very Persistent and very Bioaccumulating (vPvB); respiratory sensitizing; or reproduction and endocrine-disrupting, the below substances were added to the Candidate List for authorization on 27 June 2018:

  • Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4)
  • Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5)
  • Dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6)
  • Lead
  • Disodium octaborate
  • Benzo[ghi]perylene
  • Terphenyl hydrogenated
  • Ethylenediamine (EDA)
  • Benzene-1,2,4-tricarboxylic acid 1,2 anhydride (trimellitic anhydride) (TMA)
  • Dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP)

To minimize serious effects on human health and/or the environment, substances added to the Candidate List could eventually be included in the Authorisation List. Once added to the Authorisation List, suppliers will need to apply for permission to continue using that substance after the Sunset Date.

Suppliers may have legal obligations to consumers and customers down the supply chain if an included substance; either on its own, in a mixture, or in articles, is contained in their products. Specific obligations apply to any supplier of articles with an included substance contained in a concentration above 0.1% (weight by weight). Producers and importers of articles have six months from the date of inclusion in the Candidate List (27 June 2018) to notify ECHA of any articles containing the substance(s). Information regarding obligations can be found on ECHA’s website.