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ECHA Adds Nine SVHC to the Candidate List

SafeGuardSHardgoods, Softlines, Personal and Protective Equipment, Toys and Juvenile ProductsJanuary 19, 2023

SG 09/23

The European Chemicals Agency has added nine substances to the Candidate List. There are legal obligations placed on industry once a substance has been placed on this list.

On January 17, 2023, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of nine substances to the Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHC). This inclusion expands the number of entries on the Candidate List from 224 to 233.

Highlights of the latest nine SVHC added to the Candidate List are summarized in Table 1.

European Chemicals Agency, ECHA, ECHA/NR/23/02, January 17, 2023 ECHA adds nine hazardous chemicals to Candidate List

No.Substance (EC/CAS)ClassificationPotential Application
11,1'-[ethane-1,2-diylbisoxy]bis[2,4,6-tribromobenzene] (BTBPE)

  • Very persistent and very bioaccumulative
Although not registered under REACH. identification as an SVHC can be seen as a measure to avoid regrettable substitution
22,2',6,6'-tetrabromo-4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol (tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA))

  • Carcinogenic
Flame retardant in the manufacture of polymer resins, in products such as epoxy coated circuit boards, printed circuit boards, paper and textiles
34,4'-sulphonyldiphenol (bisphenol S (BPS))

  • Toxic for reproduction
  • Endocrine disrupting properties (human health and environment)
Manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products, textile, leather or fur and chemicals
4Barium diboron tetraoxide

  • Toxic for reproduction
Paints and coatings
5Bis(2-ethylhexyl) tetrabromophthalate covering any of the individual isomers and/or combinations thereof (TBPH)

  • Very persistent and very bioaccumulative
Flame retardant and plasticizer for flexible polyvinyl chloride and for use in wire and cable insulation, film and sheeting, carpet backing, coated fabrics, wall coverings and adhesives
6Isobutyl 4-hydroxybenzoate (Isobutylparaben (IBP))

  • Endocrine disrupting properties (human health)
Coating products, fillers, inks, modeling clay, plasters, putties, and toners
7Melamine (1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6-triamine)

  • Equivalent level of concern (human health and the environment)
Polymers and resins, coating products, adhesives and sealants, and leather treatment products
8Perfluoroheptanoic acid and its salts (PFHpA and its salts)

(sodium perfluoroheptanoate/ potassium perfluoroheptanoate/ ammonium perfluoroheptanoate/ perfluoroheptanoic acid)

[243-518-4/20109-59-5, --/21049-36-5, 228-098-2/6130-43-4, 206-798-9/375-85-9]
  • Toxic for reproduction
  • Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic
  • Very persistent and very bioaccumulative
  • Equivalent level of concern (human health and environment)
Although not registered under REACH. identification as an SVHC can be seen as a measure to avoid regrettable substitution
9Reaction 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

  • Very persistent and very bioaccumulative
Articles by professional workers, in formulation or repackaging, at industrial sites and in manufacturing

Table 1

What are the consequences of the Candidate List of SVHC?

Once a substance is placed on the Candidate List, companies have legal obligations when their substance is included either on its own, in mixtures or in articles.

Suppliers of an article containing a Candidate List SVHC in a concentration of more than 0.1% are required to provide information to the recipient of the article to allow the safe use of the article. This equivalent information should be supplied to consumers within 45 days when requested.

EU producers and importers of an article are obliged to notify the ECHA if their article contains a Candidate List SVHC within six months from the date it has been included on the list.

Suppliers of substances on the Candidate List, either on their own or in mixtures, are obliged to provide their customer with a safety data sheet (SDS).

Since January 2021, EU producers, importers, assemblers and distributors of articles containing more than 0.1% of an SVHC on the Candidate List are obliged to notify the ECHA (Waste Framework Directive, WFD). This notification is published in ECHA’s substances of concern in products (SCIP) database.

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