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ECHA Consults Over Nine Substances as SVHCs

SafeGuardSHardgoods, Toys and Juvenile Products, Softlines, Electrical and Electronics, Automotive, Personal and Protective EquipmentSeptember 22, 2022

SG 110.22

The European Chemicals Agency has launched a 45-day consultation for listing several chemicals as SVHCs. Comments will be accepted until October 17, 2022.

On September 2, 2022, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched a 45-day consultation period for listing nine chemicals as substances of very high concern (SVHC). If approved, the number of SVHC on the Candidate List will expand from 224 to 233.

According to ECHA, comments will be accepted until October 17, 2022.

Highlights of these nine SVHCs are summarized in Table 1.

European Chemicals Agency Substances of Very High Concern Identification, Consultation, September 2, 2022

Substance [EC/CAS]ClassificationPotential Application
1,1'-[ethane-1,2-diylbisoxy]bis[2,4,6-tribromobenzene] (BTBPE)­

vPvBFlame retardant (FR) in:
• Polymers and textiles
• Electrical and electronic equipment (EEE)
• Adhesives for construction
2,2',6,6'-tetrabromo-4,4'-isopropylide­nediphenol­(Tetrabromobis­phenol­ A­ (TBBPA))­

Carcinogenic 1BFR in:
• EEE, including epoxy-coated circuit boards, printed circuit boards and thermoplastic components­
• Paper and textiles
4,4'-sulphonyldiphenol (Bisphenol S (BPS))

• Toxic for reproduction 1B
• Endocrine disrupting properties (probable serious effects to human health and environment)­
• Manufacture of polyethersulfone (PESU) and other polymers, tanning agents (for leather) and thermal paper­
Barium diboron tetraoxide

Toxic for reproduction 1B• Paint/coating formulations, paint removers and thinners
• Coating of electrical wires
Bis(2-ethylhexyl) tetrabromoph­thalate covering any of the individual isomers and/or combinations thereof (TBPH)­vPvB• Products containing plastics or rubber
• FR and plasticizer for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in adhesives, carpet backings, coated fabrics, films and sheeting, and wall coverings, as well as wire and cable insulations­
Isobutyl 4-hydroxybenzoate (Isobutylparaben (IBP))

Endocrine disrupting properties (probable serious effects to human health)­Coating products, fillers, inks, modeling clay, plasters, putties and toners­
Melamine (1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6-triamine)

Equivalent level of concern (probable serious effects to human health and the environment)­Formaldehyde-based resins for
• Wood-based panels
• Melamine-impregnated paper and foils for surface-coating panels
• Use as crosslinking agent in coatings for foams and consumer goods such as table ware
• Manufacture of melamine derivatives to be used as flame retardants and fire protective coatings­
Perfluoroheptanoic acid and its salts (PFHpA and its salts)• Toxic for reproduction 1B
• vPvB
• Equivalent level of concern (probable serious effects to human health and environment)­
Stain, oil/grease or water repellant
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/--]
vPvBFunctional fluids (industrial sites and indoor)

Table 1


  • PBT- Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic
  • vPvB- Very Persistent and very Bioaccumulative

SVHCs may be introduced into various consumer products due to the complexities of both the supply chain and production process. Identifying high risk products or materials, or employing a thorough test strategy, can be a smart way to ensure compliance and save costs. In the end, it’s only trusted because it’s tested. Contact us to find out more about how we can assist your business or visit our website.

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