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EU REACH: Candidate List Expands to 197 SVHCs

January 2019 - Relevant for: Electronical & Electronics, Hardlines, softlines, toys and children's products

On 15 January 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published the 20th update of the REACH Candidate List1. Six new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) were added. Hence, the total number of SVHCs on the Candidate List increases from 191 to 1972.

Among the six substances which underwent the public consultation during September and October 2018, only five substances were included in the Candidate List. The proposal of Undecafluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA) and its ammonium salt (APFHx) was withdrawn3 by the dossier submitter during the Member State Committee (MSC) agreement-seeking process.

 

Besides the substances which underwent public consultation, one further substance, 1,7,7-trimethyl-3-(phenylmethylene)bicyclo[2.2.1]heptan-2-one(3-benzylidene camphor)4 was also included into the Candidate List. In December 2018, 3-benzylidene camphor was identified as SVHC by the European Commission (EC) due to its endocrine disrupting properties with probable serious effects to the environment.

 

Table A lists the SVHCs newly included in the 20th update of Candidate List.

 

Table A.  Newly added SVHCs in the 20th update of Candidate List

Substance Name

CAS Number

(EC Number)

Reason for inclusion

Potential Application

2,2-bis(4'-hydroxyphenyl)-4-methylpentane

6807-17-6 (401-720-1)

Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)

Used in the manufacture of thermal paper

1,7,7-trimethyl-3-(phenylmethylene)bicyclo[2.2.1]heptan-2-one (3-benzylidene camphor)

15087-24-8

(239-139-9)

Endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) - environment)

Used in sunscreens and other cosmetics as a chemical UV filter

Used in skin and hair care products, household products and textiles for UV protection

The below substances belong to the family of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)

Benzo[k]fluoranthene

207-08-9

(205-916-6)

Carcinogenic (Article 57a);
PBT (Article 57d);
vPvB (Article 57e)

Not intentionally used in articles but presence as contamination in plastic, rubber and coating

Fluoranthene

206-44-0 (205-912-4)

PBT (Article 57d);
vPvB (Article 57e)

Not intentionally used in articles but presence as contamination in plastic, rubber and coating

Phenanthrene

85-01-8
(201-581-5)

vPvB (Article 57e)

Not intentionally used in articles but presence as contamination in plastic, rubber and coating

Pyrene

129-00-0
(204-927-3)

PBT
(Article 57d); 
vPvB (Article 57e)

Not intentionally used in articles but presence as contamination in plastic, rubber and coating

Remark: 

vPvB: very persistent and very bioaccumulative
PBT: persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic

 

[1] ECHA Press release – Official publication of Candidate List to 197 SVHCs

[2] The official Candidate List

[3] Decision of the ECHA - Inclusion of substances of very high concern in the Candidate List for eventual inclusion in Annex XIV (explain whether substances are included in the Candidate List

[4] Rule Amendment of Chemicals of High Concern in Children’s Product

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