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ECHA Lists Four More Substances of Very High Concern

June 25, 2014

The Member State Committee (MSC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added four new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List, bringing the total to 155 substances.  As foreseen by the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restrictions of Chemicals program (REACH), a specific procedure will be followed to decide whether the substances should also be included in the List of substances subject to authorization (Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation).

Cadmium chloride is a carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic for reproduction (CMR) substance and is also identified as being of an equivalent concern based on probable serious effects to human health, specifically due to the effects on kidney and bone. The three further substances are identified as being toxic for reproduction.

Producers and importers of articles, containing any of the four substances included in the Candidate List have six months from by June 16, 2014 to notify ECHA if both of the following conditions apply:

  • the substance is present in those articles in quantities over one tonne per producer or importer per year, and
  • the substance is present in those articles above a concentration of 0.1% weight by weight


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