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EU REACH: Candidate List expands to 201 SVHCs

JULY 2019- Relevant for: Electrical and electronics, softlines, Hardlines, Toys and children's products

On 16 July 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published the 21th update of the REACH Candidate List1. Four (4) new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) were added. Hence, the total number of SVHCs on the Candidate List increases from 197 to 2012.

Besides the three substances which underwent public consultation during March and April, one further substance, 4-tert-butylphenol (PTBP) was also included into SVHC Candidate List. On 12 July 2019, the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) published Decision (EU) 2019/11943, which identified PTBP as a SVHC due to its endocrine disrupting properties.

Table A lists the SVHCs newly included in the 21th update of Candidate List.

Table A.  Newly added SVHCs in the 21th update of Candidate List

Substance Name

CAS Number
(EC Number)

Reason for inclusion

Potential Application

2,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-2-(heptafluoropropoxy)propionic acid, its salts and its acyl halides (covering any of their individual isomers and combinations thereof)


Equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects on the environment (Article 57f)

Equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects on human health (Article 57f)

Used as a processing aid in fluoropolymer resins (PTFE (polytetrafluorethylene) and FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene)

2-methoxyethyl acetate

110-49-6 (203-772-9)

Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c) 

Used as a solvent for gums, resins, waxes, and oils;
• Used in the manufacture of semiconductors, textile printing and photographic films;
• Used in paints, lacquers, stains, inks, varnishes, surface coatings, silk-screen printing;
• Used in textiles, leather, paper, acetate adhesives

Tris(4-nonylphenyl, branched and linear) phosphite (TNPP) with ≥ 0.1% w/w of 4-nonylphenol, branched and linear (4-NP)


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

• Used as an antioxidant to stabilise polymers;
• Used in food contact polymer articles;
• Used in coatings and adhesives

4-tert-butylphenol (PTBP)


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

Used in the production of polycarbonate and hydrogenisation;
• Used in the formulation / end use of adhesives, coatings, printing inks and paints;
• Used as monomer in the production of polymer thermoplastics.

[1] ECHA Press release – Official publication of Candidate List to 201 SVHCs

[2] The official Candidate List

[3] Decision (EU) 2019/1194


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