18 Jul 2019

On 16th July, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has updated REACH SVHC list by adding 4 new substances having properties given below.

  • Toxicity to reproduction
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Very Persistent and Very Bioaccumulative (vPvB) substances
  • Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT)

The decision to include the substances Tris(4-nonylphenyl, branched and linear) phosphite (TNPP) and 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-2-(heptafluoropropoxy) propionic acid, its salts and its acyl halides was taken with the involvement of the Member State Committee (MSC).

The new substances included in the Candidate List are:

  • 2-methoxyethyl acetate
  • Tris(4-nonylphenyl, branched and linear) phosphite (TNPP) with ≥ 0.1% w/w of 4-nonylphenol, branched and linear (4-NP)
  • 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-2-(heptafluoropropoxy)propionic acid, its salts and its acyl halides (covering any of their individual isomers and combinations thereof)
  • 4-tert-butylphenol

The last substance on the list that is 4-tert-butylphenol has been added to the list after it was identified as an SVHC by the EUROPEAN commission due to the endocrine disrupting properties it holds.

The substances mentioned above are usually used as antioxidants to stabilize polymers, in coating products, polymers, adhesives, as a processing aid in the production of fluorinated polymers and for synthesis of other substances.

It is mandatory for any organization dealing with these products in the European Union to communicate the presence of SVHCs in their products above the concentration of 0.1% (weight by weight) within six months of date of substance inclusion in the candidate list by ECHA, for which the latest update is 16th July, 2019.

To avoid business continuity risks and to stay compliant, it is best to keep an active check on ECHAs SVHC list.

This addition made an increase in total SVHC from 197 to 201. For more information on these obligations, talk to our REACH compliance expert – Call +1 872 529 6162