5 Jan 2020

On the 5 January 2020, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced 4 new additions to the REACH candidate list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) having below properties

  • Carcinogenic
  • Mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR)
  • Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT)
  • Very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) substances

The inclusion of perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) and its salts was decided with the
involvement of the Member State Committee (MSC). The PFBS and its salts were added
due to its Equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects to human health and to
the environment as per Article 57(f) (human health and environment). With this addition, The
Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorisation now contains
205 substances.

The new substances included in the Candidate List are:

  • Diisohexyl phthalate: CAS# 71850-09-4 – Diisohexyl phthalate is added because of
    its reproductive toxicity as per Article 57(c).
  • 2-benzyl-2-dimethylamino-4'-morpholinobutyrophenone: CAS#119313-12-1 – This
    substance is also toxic for reproduction as per Article 57(c) and is used in in polymer
  • 2-methyl-1-(4-methylthiophenyl)-2-morpholinopropan-1-one: -CAS# 71868-10-5 –
    This substance used in polymer production, is included because, it has reproductive
    toxicity property as per Article 57(c).
  • Perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) and its salts: Its added because of its seriouseffects on Environment as well as human health, as per article 57(f). It’s used as acatalyst/additive/reactant in polymer manufacturing and synthesis of chemicals. It’salso used as flame retardant in poly carbonate for electronic equipment.

Manufacturers involved in the manufacture or sales of products with these substances in theEuropean Union (EU) will need to communicate the presence of SVHCs in their productsabove the concentration of 0.1% (weight by weight), before six months from this latestupdate as on January 16, 2020.

The SVHC list get updated frequently with inputs from Member State Committee. Allmanufacturers/suppliers should keep a track of SVHC list to stay compliant and avoidbusiness continuity risks.

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