ECHA launches second 2019 public consultation on four potential SVHCs. If accepted, the Candidate List will expand to 205 SVHCs.

SAFEGUARDS | Consumer Products NO. 135/19

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On September 3, 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched its second public consultation of 2019 on four Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) for the Candidate List. These potential SVHCs are:

  • 2-Benzyl-2-dimethylamino-4'-morpholinobutyrophenone and 2-methyl-1-(4-methylthiophenyl)-2-morpholino- propan-1-one – these are members of the alkylaminoacetophenone (AAAPs) family of chemicals
  • Diisohexyl phthalate – this is a component of 1,2- benzenedicarboxylic acid, dihexyl ester, branched and linear, an SVHC on the Candidate List
  • Perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) and its salts – these are per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)

Interested parties have until October 18, 2019, to submit comments and further information on use, exposure, alternatives and risks of the substances to ECHA. If approved, the Candidate List will expand to 205 SVHCs.

The potential uses of these proposed SVHCs are summarized in Table 1.

No. Substance CAS No./
EC No.
Potential uses
1 2-Benzyl-2-dimethylamino-4'-morpholinobutyrophenone
119313-12-1 / 404-360-3
Repr. 1B
  • Photoinitiator in polymer production
  • Manufacture of inks and surface coatings based on acrylates polymerised by exposure to UV radiation
  • High-speed offset and flexo inks, UV ink-jet, etch resists, printing plates and solder masks
2 2-Methyl-1-(4-methylthiophenyl)-2-morpholinopropan-1-one 71868-10-5 / 400-600-6 Repr. 1B
3 Diisohexyl phthalate 71850-09-4 / 276-090-2 Repr. 1B
  • Sealants
  • Plasticizer in plastics
4 Perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) and its salts - / - EQC
  • Additive in polycarbonate
  • Electrical and electronic equipment and metal plating

Table 1


EQC: Equivalent level of concern
Repr. 1B: Toxic for reproduction category 1B

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