SAFEGUARDS | Consumer Products NO. 121/16

On June 20, 2016, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) updated the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) with the addition of Benzo[def]chrysene. [1] This addition brings the total number of SVHCs on the Candidate List to 169.

Obligations For Article Producers And Importers 

According to Article 33 of REACH, European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) manufacturers, and importers of articles are required to provide information to allow safe use of the products to recipients upon supply and to consumers within 45 days upon request when the concentration of the SVHC in the article exceeds 0.1% (w/w).  For articles that contain one or more SVHC at a concentration above 0.1%, with the quantity over one tonne per year, a notification shall be submitted to ECHA by the manufacturers or importers under Article 7 of REACH. The notification of SVHCs in an article shall be made within six months of their inclusion on the Candidate List. The notification deadline for articles containing the new SVHC added to the Candidate List is 20 December 2016.

SVHC Candidates

Benzo[def]chrysene (IUPAC name: Benzo[a]pyrene) belongs to the substance group of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). Some members of this substance group are well known to be human carcinogens.

Table 1: Possible uses of the new SVHC in the Candidate List published by ECHA on 20 June 2016

No. Substance CAS No./
EC No.
Classification Potential uses
1 Benzo[def]chrysene (Benzo[a]pyrene) 50-32-8 / 200-028-5 CMR, PBT, vPvB No specific function as it is
contaminant upon production of plastic, rubber, coatings and it is particularly
found in extender oils and carbon black.


CMR: Carcinogenic, Mutagenic, Toxic for reproduction

PBT: Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic.

vPvB: Very persistent and very bioaccumulative.

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