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On January 16, 2020, the ECHA added four new SVHCs to the Candidate List. The addition of these new SVHCs brings the total number of entries to 205.

SAFEGUARDS | Consumer ProductsNO. 015/20

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On January 16, 2020, 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 205.

The four new SVHCs are:

  • 2-Benzyl-2-dimethylamino-4'-morpholinobutyrophenone and 2-methyl-1-(4-methylthiophenyl)-2-morpholino- propan-1-one – members of the alkylaminoacetophenone (AAAPs) family of chemicals
  • Diisohexyl phthalate – another of the many phthalate compounds already included in the SVHC Candidate List 
  • Perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) and its salts – members of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) group

Obligations for Article Producers and Importers

According to Article 33 of REACH, European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) article manufacturers and importers must provide information for the safe use of products by recipients upon supply, when the concentration of the SVHC in the article exceeds 0.1% (w/w).  In addition, they must supply the same information to consumers within 45 days, upon request.

For articles that contain an SVHC in which the concentration is above 0.1%, and with a quantity over one tonne per year, a notification must be submitted to the ECHA by the manufacturer or the importer under Article 7 of REACH. The notification of an SVHC in an article must be made within six months of its inclusion on the List.

The notification deadline for the four new SVHCs added to the Candidate List is July 16, 2020.

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

No. Substance CAS No./
EC No.
Classification
Potential uses
1 2-Benzyl-2-dimethylamino-4'-morpholinobutyrophenone 119313-12-1 / 404-360-3
Repr. 1B
  • Photo initiator 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. Possible uses of the new SVHCs in the Candidate List published by ECHA on 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 at reach@sgs.com or visit www.sgs.com/reach 

For enquiries, please contact:

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

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