EU – ECHA Opens First Consultation of 2017 on Two Proposed SVHCs
SAFEGUARDS | Consumer Products NO. 039/17
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) . 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  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.
SVHC 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 having a test strategy can also be a smart way to ensure compliance and save costs. If you would like to learn more about how SGS can support your REACH compliance activities please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sgs.com/reach
Table 1. Possible uses of the potential SVHCs in the Consultation List published by ECHA on 9 March 2017
|1||4,4’-Isopropylidenediphenol (Bisphenol A)||80-05-7 / 201-245-8||EQC||
|2||Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid and its salts||355-46-4 / 206-587-1||vPvB||
EQC: Equivalent level of concern
Repr 1B: Toxic for reproduction category 1B
vPvB: Very persistent and very bioaccumulative
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