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On July 16, 2019, the ECHA added four new SVHCs to the Candidate List. The addition of these new SVHCs brings the total number of entries to 201.

SAFEGUARDS | Consumer Products NO. 107/19

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On July 16, 2019, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) added four new SVHCs to the Candidate List [1]. The addition of the new SVHCs brings the total number of entries to 201.

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 the safe use of products by the recipients upon supply, and to consumers within 45 days upon request, when the concentration of the SVHC in an article exceeds 0.1% (w/w).

For articles that contain an SVHC in which the concentration is above 0.1%, with the quantity over one tonne per year, a notification shall be submitted to ECHA by the manufacturers or the importers under Article 7 of REACH. The notification of SVHCs in an article must be made within six months of their inclusion on the List. The notification deadline for the four new SVHCs added to the Candidate List is January 16, 2020.

Four New SVHCs Candidate

2-Methoxyethyl acetate is the fifth glycol ether on the candidate list due to its toxicity for reproduction that may damage fertility and the unborn child. It is used as a solvent for gums, resins, waxes, and oils and in the manufacture of semiconductors, textile printing and photographic films.

2,3,3,3-Tetrafluoro-2-(heptafluoropropoxy) propanoic acid, its salts and its acyl halides belong to the group of perfluorinated substances (PFAS) and is included as an SVHC candidate because of its probable serious effects to the environment and human health. This substance is very persistent and very mobile in the aquatic environment in the form of 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-2-(heptafluoropropoxy)propanoate, which gives rise to an equivalent level of concern to other SVHCs. Its ammonium salt is used as processing aid for the production of fluoro-polymers.

Tris(4-nonylphenyl, branched and linear) phosphite (TNPP) containing 0.1% w/w 4-nonylphenol, branched and linear and 4-tert-butylphenol (PTBP) belong to a group of structurally similar 4-alkylphenols and are identified as SVHC candidates because of their endocrine disruptors for the environment. TNPP is primarily used as a stabilizer in rubbers and plastic products, while PTBP is mainly used in the production of polymers and resins.

The potential uses of these new SVHC candidates are summarized in Table 1.

Table 1. Possible uses of the new SVHCs in the Candidate List published by ECHA on July 16, 2019

No. Substance CAS No./ EC No. Classification
Potential uses
1 2-methoxyethyl acetate 110-49-6 / 203-772-9 Repr. 1B
  • Used as a solvent for gums, resins, waxes, and oils and in the manufacture of semiconductors, textile printing and photographic films
2 Tris(4-nonylphenyl, branched and linear) phosphite (TNPP) with ≥ 0.1% w/w of 4-nonylphenol, branched and linear (4-NP) - / - ED (environment)
  • Used as a stabilizer in rubbers and plastic products
  • Manufacture of coating and adhesives
3 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-2-(heptafluoropropoxy)propanoic acid, its salts and its acyl halides (covering any of their individual isomers and combinations thereof) - / - EQC (environment; human health)
  • Its ammonium salt is used as a processing aid for the production of fluoro-polymers
4 4-tert-butylphenol (PTBP) 98-54-4 / 202-679-0 ED (environment)
  • In the production of phenolic resins, ethoxylated resins, epoxy resins and polycarbonates
  • As an antioxidant and stabilizer in rubber, plastic, food and oils
  • As a raw material for construction elements and floors in buildings

Abbreviations

ED: Endocrine disrupting properties
EQC: Equivalent level of concern
Repr. 1B: Toxic for reproduction category 1B
UVCBs: Substance of unknown or variable composition, complex reaction products or biological materials

Next Step

The notification of the new SVHCs shall be submitted by January 16, 2020.

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 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 or visit http://www.sgs.com/reach.

For enquiries, please contact:

Emily Lam
Assistant R&D Manager
t: +852 2204 8339

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