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On June 25, 2020, the ECHA added four new SVHCs to the Candidate List. The addition of these new SVHCs brings the total number of entries to 209.

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On June 25, 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 209.

The four new SVHCs are:

  • 1-vinylimidazole
  • 2-methylimidazole 
  • Dibutylbis(pentane-2,4-dionato-O,O')tin – an organotin compound has similar properties and/or uses to SVHC candidate dibutyltin dichloride
  • Butyl 4-hydroxybenzoate (Butylparaben)

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 the 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 metric 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 25, 2021.

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 June 25, 2020

No. Substance CAS No./ EC No/ Classification Potential Uses
1 1-vinylimidazole 1072-63-5 / 276-090-2 Repr. 1B
  • Monomer in polymerization reactions
  • In paints, lacquers, varnishes, surface treatment, and cleaning/washing agents
2 2-methylimidazole 693-98-1 / 211-765-7 Repr. 1B
  • Component in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, photographic and photothermographic chemicals, dyes and pigments, agricultural chemicals and rubber
  • Polymerization crosslinking accelerator and hardener for epoxy resin systems
  • Catalyst for producing epoxy resin pastes, acrylic rubber-fluororubber laminates, films, adhesives, textile finishes and epoxy silane coatings
  • Dyeing auxiliary for acrylic fibers and plastic foams
3 Dibutylbis(pentane-2,4-dionato-O,O')tin 22673-19-4 / 245-152-0 Repr. 1B
  • Catalysts and stabilizers in adhesives, sealants, coatings and paints, thinners, paint removes, paper and board treatment products, dyes, finishing and impregnation products including bleaches and other processing aids, polymer preparations in production of resins and rubber, and textile dyes
4 Butyl 4-hydroxybenzoate (Butylparaben) 94-26-8 / 202-318-7 ED (Human health)
  • Preservative in cosmetics, personal care products and pharmaceuticals

Abbreviations
ED: Endocrine disrupting
Repr. 1B: Toxic for reproduction category 1B

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