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EU: REACH candidate list includes 233 SVHCS now

JANUARY 2023 - ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS, HARDLINES, SOFTLINES, TOYS AND CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS

On 17 January 2023, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published the 28th update of the REACH Candidate List1. Nine (9) new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) were added. Hence, the total number entries of SVHCs on the Candidate List increases from 224 to 2332.

During September and October 2022, ECHA launched public consultation, and proposed nine substances to be identified as SVHC. Now all the proposed substances are identified as a SVHC and included into REACH Candidate List. 

Table A lists the new SVHC included in the 28th update of the Candidate List.

Table A.  Newly added SVHCs in the 28th update of Candidate List 

Substance name

CAS number

(EC number)

Reason for inclusion Potential application

1,1'-[ethane-1,2-diylbisoxy]bis[2,4,6-tribromobenzene] (BTBPE)

37853-59-1

(253-692-3)

vPvB (Article 57e)

  • Used as an additive flame retardant;
  • Used in acrylonitrile butadiene-polystyrene (ABS), high-impact polystyrene (HIPS), thermoplastics, thermoset resins, polycarbonate (PC), coatings and textiles;
  • Used in electric and electronic equipment, such as computers, televisions, and mobile cell phones, and construction materials (sealant around window frames).
2,2',6,6'-tetrabromo-4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol (TBBPA)

79-94-7

(201-236-9)

Carcinogenic (Article 57a)
  • Mainly used as intermediate and in polymer articles;
  • Used as a brominated flame retardant in epoxy coated circuit boards, printed circuit boards, paper and textiles;
  • Used in thermoplastic electrical and electronic equipment components, e.g. housings that consist of ABS plastic.
4,4'-sulphonyldiphenol (BPS)

80-09-1

(201-250-5)

Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c);

Endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) – environment);

Endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) – human health)

  • Used as alternative to BPA in thermal paper;
  • Used as monomer in production of polyethersulfone (PESU), synthetic tanning agent and leather tanning;
  • Used in manufacture and recycling of paper;
  • Used as monomer or resin in the production of food contact material and adhesives.
Barium diboron tetraoxide
13701-59-2
(237-222-4)
Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)
  • Used in coatings, paints, thinners and paint removers
Bis(2-ethylhexyl) tetrabromophthalate covering any of the individual isomers and/or combinations thereof (TBPH)
-
(-)
vPvB (Article 57e)
  • Used in manufacture of plastic products and rubber products;
  • Used as additive flame retardant in polyurethane (PU) foam;
  • Used as a flame retardant and as a plasticizer for flexible polyvinylchloride (PVC) for used in wire and cable insulation, film and sheeting, carpet backing, coated fabrics, wall coverings and adhesives.
Isobutyl 4-hydroxybenzoate
4247-02-3
(224-208-8)
Endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) – human health)
  • Used in coating products, fillers, putties, plasters, modelling clay, inks and toners;
  • Used as intermediate and laboratory reagent.
Melamine
108-78-1
(203-615-4)

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 manufacture of resins;
  • Used in surface coatings and paints;
  • Used in laminates in furniture industry, paper and fabric webs;
  • Used in glues and binders.
  • Used in compression-moulding materials;
  • Used in paper finishing, textile and leather finishing.
Perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHpA) and its salts
-
(-)
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)
  • PFHpA belongs to the chemical group of short-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylic acid (PFCA). PFCA is always used in water, oil and grease repellent treatments for carpets, furniture and clothing, and can be found in teflon products, semiconductors and fire-fighting foam.
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
-
(473-390-7)
vPvB (Article 57e)
  • Used as laboratory reagent;
  • Used in functional fluid.

Note: 
PBT: Persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic
vPvB: very Persistent, very bioaccumulative

 

 

[1] ECHA Press release - ECHA adds nine hazardous chemicals to Candidate List

[2] The official Candidate List

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