ECHA has added four new substances to the Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHC) due to their toxicity to reproduction and a combination of other properties of concern. This means that the Candidate List now includes 205 substances. Any supplier of mixtures or articles containing a Candidate List substance above a concentration of 0.1 % (weight by weight) has communication obligations towards customers down the supply chain and to consumers. The supply chain communication obligation is important for the whole supply chains of mixtures and articles in the EU.
The added substances are: Diisohexyl phthalate, 2-benzyl-2-dimethylamino-4′-morpholinobutyrophenone (used in polymer production), 2-methyl-1-(4-methylthiophenyl)-2-morpholinopropan-1-one (used in polymer production) and Perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) including its salts.
The first three substances are added due to their toxicity to reproduction. The fourth substance, PFBS, belongs to the group of per- and polyfluorinated substances, and is added due to its probable serious effects to human health and the environment. The first phthalate is not registered, the second and third substances are used in polymer production. PFBS is used as a catalyst/ additive/reactant in polymer manufacture and in chemical synthesis. It is also used as a flame retardant in polycarbonate (for electronic equipment).
Companies that are importing, producing, selling or using substances, their mixtures or articles (components, materials) containing them should keep an eye on the substances added to the SVHC Candidate List. Substances are regularly being added here. It is recommended for companies to start looking for substitutes for the added substances already now.
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