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ECHA Updates REACH SVHC Candidate List with One New Substance

June 21, 2016

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added one new Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List for Authorization, bringing the total to 169 substances.  As foreseen by the Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), a specific procedure will be followed to decide whether the substance should also be included in the List of substances subject to authorization (Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation).

Substance is included in the Candidate List for authorization on June 20, 2016 and their SVHC properties include:



200-028-5 50-32-8 Carcinogenic (Article 57a)
Mutagenic (Article 57b)
Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)
PBT (Article 57d)vPvB (Article 57e)
Normally not manufactured intentionally but may occur as a constituent or impurity in other substances.


Why It Matters
REACH regulation requires that when a chemical substance is added to the SVHC Candidate List, producers and importers of articles containing the substance included in the Candidate List have six months, from the date of inclusion to notify ECHA if both of the following conditions apply: (i) the substance is present in those articles in quantities totaling over one ton per producer or importer per year and (ii) the substance is present in those articles above a concentration of 0.1% weight by weight.

Companies applying for continued use of an SVHC chemical substance must demonstrate that the risks associated with the use of these substances are adequately controlled, or that the socio-economic benefits from their use outweigh the risks.  Applicants must also investigate replacing these chemical substances with safer alternatives or technologies.

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