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On January 19, 2021, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) added two new SVHCs to the Candidate List1. The addition of the new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) brings the total number of entries to 211.

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The two new SVHCs are:

  • Bis(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl)ether (Tetraglyme)
    • The ninth glycol ether identified as SVHC
  • Dioctyltin dilaurate, stannane, dioctyl-, bis(coco acyloxy) derivs., and any other stannane, dioctyl-, bis(fatty acyloxy) derivs. wherein C12 is the predominant carbon number of the fatty acyloxy moiety

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 SVHCs 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 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 two new SVHCs added to the Candidate List is June 19, 2021.

As of January 5, 2021, EU producers, importers, assemblers and distributers of articles containing above 0.1% w/w of a SVHC on the Candidate List shall submit a notification to the Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products) (SCIP) database under the Waste Framework Directive (WFD).

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 January 19, 2021

No. Substance CAS No. / EC No. Classification Potential uses
1 Bis(2-(2-
methoxyethoxy)ethyl)
ether
143-24-8 / 205-594-7 Repr. 1B
  • Manufacture of soldering fluxes/solder pastes
  • Solvent for production of binders for paints
  • In paint strippers and adhesive removers
  • Additive for the fixation of resins in durable-press cotton and cellulosic fabrics
2 Dioctyltin dilaurate,
stannane, dioctyl-,
bis(coco acyloxy) derivs.,
and any other stannane,
dioctyl-, bis(fatty acyloxy)
derivs. wherein C12 is the
predominant carbon
number of the fatty
acyloxy moiety
- / - Repr. 1B
  • Stabilizers and catalysts in plastics and rubber

Abbreviations
Repr. 1B: Toxic for reproduction category 1B

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 employing a thorough test strategy, can be a smart way to ensure compliance and save costs. In the end, it’s only trusted because it’s tested. Contact us to find out more about how we can assist your business or visit our website.

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Emily Lam
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t: +852 2204 8339

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