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EU REACH: Candidate List Expands to have 209 SVHCs

JUNE 2020 – RELEVANT FOR: ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS, HARDLINES, SOFTLINES, TOYS AND CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS 

On 25 June 2020, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published1 the 23rd update of the REACH Candidate List2. Four new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) were added. Hence, the total number of SVHCs on the Candidate List increases from 205 to 209.

Originally, five substances were proposed during the public consultation. However, Resorcinol3 was not identified as a SVHC as the Member State Committee could not reach a consensus. Hence, this substance is not included in the Candidate List for this round. 

Table A gives the substance names, identification numbers (CAS and EC), the reason(s) for inclusion and their potential application(s).

Table A. Four newly added SVHCs to the Candidate List

Substance name

CAS Number (EC Number)

Reason(s) for inclusion Potential applications
1-Vinylimidazole 1072-63-5 (214-012-0) Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)
  • In formulation and as a monomer in the production of polymers
2-methylimidazole  693-98-1 (211-765-7) Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c) 
  •  As a catalyst in the production of coating products
Dibutylbis(pentane-2,4-dionato-O,O')tin 22673-19-4 (245-152-0) Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)
  • As a catalyst and as an additive in the production of plastics
Butyl 4-hydroxybenzoate (Butylparaben)

94-26-8 (202-318-7)

Endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) – human health)
  • Used as preservatives in cosmetics, personal care products and pharmaceuticals.

[1] ECHA Press release for the update of Candidate List

[2] REACH Candidate List with 209 SVHCs

[3] ECHA Press release, Resorcinol not identified as a substance of very high concern

 

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