July 1, 2021
On July 8, 2021, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) added eight new substances to the Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) Candidate List:
|Medium-chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCP)|
|UVCB substances consisting of more than or equal to 80% linear chloroalkanes with carbon chain lengths within the range from C14 to C17|
|Alkanes, C14-16, chloro N. CE : - | N. CAS: 1372804-76-6|
|Alkanes, C14-17, chloro N. CE : 287-477-0 | N. CAS: 85535-85-9|
|di-, tri- and tetrachlorotetradecane N. CE : 950-299-5 | N. CAS: -|
|Tetradecane, chloro derivs. N. CE : - | N. CAS: 198840-65-2|
Some of the newly added substances are used in consumer articles, such as cosmetics, scented products, rubber and textiles. Others are used as solvents, flame retardants or to manufacture plastic products. This change will impact retailers, brands and manufacturers accessing the European market with all finished consumer products.
Retailers, brands and manufacturers must notify ECHA within six months of July 8, 2021, the date of inclusion on the candidate list.
From the date of inclusion:
- Suppliers of articles which contain substances on the candidate list in a concentration above 0.1% (w/w) must provide sufficient information to allow safe use of the article to their customers or upon request and to a consumer within 45 days of the receipt of the request. This information must contain, at minimum, the name of the substance.
- Suppliers of articles which contain substances on the candidate list in a concentration above 0.1% (w/w) shall update the SCIP database.
Within six months from the date of inclusion:
- Producers or importers of articles have to notify ECHA if their article contains a substance on the candidate list:
- If the substance is present in those articles above a concentration of 0.1% (w/w)
- If the substance is present in those articles in quantities totalling over one tonne per producer or importer per year.
Notification is not required in certain specific cases.
How UL can help
UL’s global network of laboratories can help you verify compliance for these eight new substances included in the SVHC Candidate List.
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