SAFEGUARDS | Consumer Products NO. 039/17

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On March 9, 2017, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) launched its first public consultation of 2017 on two potential Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) [1]. The SVHCs candidate list will expand to 174 if the two proposals are accepted. Interested parties have until April 24, 2017, to submit to ECHA any comments and further information on use, exposure, alternatives and risks associated with the substances.

The Two Potential SVHC proposals

Two SVHC proposals were published in the 2017 first consultation list. Noticeably, one of the proposed substances is bisphenol A. Bisphenol A was included in the SVHC candidate list on January 12, 2017, based on its classification of Repr. 1B according to CLP Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 [2] and it is now additionally recommended for SVHC listing due to its endocrine disrupting properties in accordance with Article 57(f) of REACH for effects in relation to human health.

The second proposed SVHC is the ninth long-chain perfluorinated compound and the first perfluorinated sulphonic acid – Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid and its salts (PFHxS). The listing stems from its vPvB properties. PFHxS is a known impurity during production of Heptadecafluorooctane-1-sulphonic acid (PFOS) and it could be used as an alternative for PFOS.

The potential uses of the 2 potential SVHCs are summarized in Table 1.

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Table 1. Possible uses of the potential SVHCs in the Consultation List published by ECHA on 9 March 2017


No. Substance CAS No./
 EC No.
Classification Potential uses
1 4,4’-Isopropylidenediphenol (Bisphenol A) 80-05-7 / 201-245-8 EQC
  • Anti-oxidant for processing PVC
  • Use in epoxy resin hardeners, epoxy adhesives and encapsulants
  • Manufacture of thermal paper, polycarbonate, epoxy resins, coating materials
2 Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid and its salts 355-46-4 / 206-587-1 vPvB
  • Component of fire-fighting foam
  • Surfactants
  • Manufacture of fluoropolymers
  • Water and stain protective coatings for carpets, paper and textiles


EQC: Equivalent level of concern
Repr 1B: Toxic for reproduction category 1B
vPvB: Very persistent and very bioaccumulative

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