REACH SVHC to increase from 224 to 233

5 Sep 2022

Change is in the air again with ECHA proposing to add nine more substances to SVHC, if approved the number of SVHC will increase from 224 to 233. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched the public consultation for the 28th update of the REACH Candidate List on 2 September 2022. The public consultation will end on 17 October 2022.

Based on the previous public consultation, the following criteria are used to identify and propose SVHCs:

  • Carcenogenic, Mutagenic or toxic to Reproduction (CMR) category 1 or 2 as per the directive Directive 67/548/EEC
  • Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT) or very Persistent and very Bioaccumulative (vPvB) as per Annex XIII of REACH
  • Any substance evaluated causing serious effects to human health or environment

Below are the substance details and its applications:

  • Substance Name: 4,4′-sulphonyldiphenol (bisphenol S; BPS)
    CAS number: 80-09-1
    Reason for proposal: Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c); Endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) – environment); Endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) – human health)
    Used in: Manufacture of pulp, textile, leather or fur, paper products etc.
  • Substance Name: Perfluoroheptanoic acid and its salts
    CAS number: Group compounds hence not applicable
    Reason for proposal: Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c); PBT (Article 57d); vPvB (Article 57e); Equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects to human health (Article 57(f) – human health); Equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects to the environment (Article 57(f) – environment)
    Used in: stain-resistant fabrics, paper food packaging, and carpets
  • Substance Name: Melamine
    CAS number: 108-78-1
    Reason for proposal: Equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects to human health (Article 57(f) – human health); Equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects to the environment (Article 57(f) – environment)
    Used in: polymers and resins, Coating products, Adhesives and sealants, lab chemicals
  • Substance Name: 1,1′-[ethane-1,2-diylbisoxy]bis[2,4,6-tribromobenzene]
    CAS number: 37853-59-1
    Reason for proposal: vPvB (Article 57e)
    Used in: used as a flame retardant for many thermoplastic.
  • Substance Name: 2,2′,6,6′-tetrabromo-4,4′-isopropylidenediphenol
    CAS number: 79-94-7
    Reason for proposal: Carcinogenic (Article 57a)
    Used in: reactive flame retardant and as an additive flame retardant in the manufacture of polymer resins, in products such as epoxy coated circuit boards, printed circuit boards and paper and textiles.
  • Substance Name: Barium diboron tetraoxide
    CAS number: 13701-59-2
    Reason for proposal: Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)
    Used in: paints and coatings
  • Substance Name: Bis(2-ethylhexyl) tetrabromophthalate covering any of the individual isomers and/or combinations thereof
    CAS number: Group of compounds hence not applicable
    Reason for proposal: vPvB (Article 57e)
    Used in: flame retardant, plasticizer for flexible polyvinylchloride, wire and cable insulation, carpet backing, coated fabrics etc.
  • Substance Name: Isobutyl 4-hydroxybenzoate
    CAS number: 4247-02-3
    Reason for proposal: Endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) – human health)
    Used in: coating products, fillers, putties, plasters, modelling clay, inks and toners etc.
  • Substance Name: reaction mass of 2,2,3,3,5,5,6,6-octafluoro-4-(1,1,1,2,3,3,3-heptafluoropropan-2-yl) morpholine and 2,2,3,3,5,5,6,6-octafluoro-4-(heptafluoropropyl) morpholine
    CAS number: Group of compounds hence not applicable
    Reason for proposal: vPvB (Article 57e)
    Used in: in formulation or re-packing at industrial sites and in manufacturing etc.

Timelines: The deadline for comments from all affected/concerned parties is 17 October 2022.

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