The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added two additional substances to the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC), which brings the current total to 211 SVHCs as of January 19, 2021. Both substances are considered toxic for reproduction and may be found in products such as plastics, rubbers, and inks.
- Bis(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl)ether (CAS # 143-24-8) – Used as a solvent and extraction agent.
- Dioctyltin dilaurate, stannane, dioctyl-, bis(coco acyloxy) derivs., and any other stannane, dioctyl-, bis(fatty acyloxy) derivs. wherein C12 is the predominant carbon number of the fatty acyloxy moiety – Used as an additive in the production of plastics and rubber tires.
Suppliers of an article containing an SVHC above the concentration of 0.1% weight by weight have the legal obligation to provide, at minimum, the name of the SVHC(s) present to ensure safe usage of the article by customers and consumers.
Under the Waste Framework Directive, ECHA now additionally requires suppliers of articles within or into the European Union containing an SVHC above the 0.1% w/w threshold to provide safe use information regarding that substance through the SCIP database.
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The official ECHA press release can be read here for additional information.