Four new hazardous chemicals added to the SVHC Candidate List
ECHA has added four new entries to the Candidate List of substances of very high concern on 17 January 2022. Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) may have serious and often irreversible effects on human health and the environment. There are currently 223 substances or groups of chemicals on the SVHC Candidate List.
Newly added substances are used in products such as cosmetics, rubbers, lubricants, and sealants. The substances have been added to the Candidate List due to their hazardous properties to human health or the environment.
Hazardous chemicals added to the Candidate List
|Substance||EC/CAS number||Uses||Reason for proposing|
|6,6′-di-tert-butyl-2,2′-methylenedi-p-cresol||EC 204-327-1, CAS 119-47-1
|Rubbers, lubricants, adhesives, inks, fuels||Toxic for reproduction
(Article 57 c)
|Rubbers, plastics, sealants||Toxic for reproduction
(Article 57 c)
|(±)-1,7,7-trimethyl-3-[(4-methylphenyl)methylene]bicyclo[2.2.1]heptan-2-one covering any of the individual isomers and/or combinations thereof (4-MBC)||–||Cosmetics||Endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57 f – human health)|
|S-(tricyclo(5.2.1.02,6)deca-3-en-8(or 9)-yl O-(isopropyl or isobutyl or 2-ethylhexyl) O-(isopropyl or isobutyl or 2-ethylhexyl) phosphorodithioate||EC 401-850-9,
|Lubricants, greases||PBT (Article 57 d)|
Obligations related to SVHC
Companies have legal obligations if a substance included in the Candidate List is present in a concentration above 0.1% w/w. Obligations include:
- Providing Safety Data Sheets for substances on their own and substances in mixtures containing SVHCs
- Requirement to notify ECHA under REACH if an article contains a SVHC
- Requirement to inform customers and consumers under REACH if an article contains a SVHC to allow safe use of the article
- Requirement to notify ECHA under the Waste Framework Directive (SCIP Database) about articles containing SVHCs
Companies that are importing, producing, selling, or using substances, their mixtures, or articles (components, materials) containing SVHCs should keep an eye on the substances added to the Candidate List. Substances are regularly being added to the list. It is also recommended for companies to start looking for substitutes for the added substances already. Substances on the Candidate List may also be placed on the Authorisation List in the future, which means that continuing the use would need a permission.
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Text: Mikael Hirn
TUKES: Erityistä huolta aiheuttavat aineet (SVHC).