6 New Substances added to the Candidate List of SVHCs

Six additional substances have been included in the EU REACH regulation’s Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) Candidate List, now totaling 197 SVHCs:

2,2-bis(4′-hydroxyphenyl)-4-methylpentane (CAS 6807-17-6)

Benzo[k]fluoranthene (CAS 207-08-9)

Fluoranthene (CAS 206-44-0; 93951-69-0)

Phenanthrene (CAS 85-01-8)

Pyrene (CAS 129-00-0; 1718-52-1)

1,7,7-trimethyl-3-(phenylmethylene)bicyclo[2.2.1]heptan-2-one (CAS 15087-24-8)

The substances were added due to their endocrine-disrupting, carcinogenic, toxic to reproduction, very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) or persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) properties.

The announcement was made by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on January 15th 2019 and suppliers of articles containing any of the newly included substances above 0.1% (weight by weight) concentration have an obligation to communicate this information to consumers and recipients in their supply chain.

The Candidate List is typically updated every six months; therefore, monitoring of REACH SVHCs and product evaluation are imperative to companies in scope of the regulation. For more information on how TPP can help with your REACH requirements visit REACH Compliance or contact us at TPPSales@totalpartsplus.com.

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.