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EU – ECHA Launches First 2021 SVHC Consultation on Eight Proposals

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On March 9, 2021, ECHA launched the first 2021 public consultation on eight potential SVHCs. The Candidate List will expand to 219 if these proposals are accepted.

On March 9, 2021, European Chemical Agency (ECHA) launched its first public consultation of 2021 on eight proposals of potential Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs)[1]. The Candidate List will expand to 219 if these proposals are accepted. Interested parties have until April 23, 2021 to submit comments and further information on use, exposure, alternatives and risks of the substances to ECHA.

The eight potential SVHCs are:

  1. 1,4-dioxane
    • Its Carcinogen 1B-classification is considered to be included in Annex VI of the CLP regulation in the draft of the upcoming 17th ATP
  2. 2,2-bis(bromomethyl)propane1,3-diol (BMP); 2,2-dimethylpropan-1-ol, tribromo derivative/3-bromo-2,2-bis(bromomethyl)-1-propanol (TBNPA); 2,3-dibromo-1-propanol (2,3-DBPA)
  3. 2-(4-tert-butylbenzyl)propionaldehyde and its individual stereoisomers
  4. 4,4'-(1-methylpropylidene)bisphenol; (bisphenol B)
  5. Glutaral
  6. Medium-chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCP) [UVCB substances consisting of more than or equal to 80% linear chloroalkanes with carbon chain lengths within the range from C14 to C17]
  7. Orthoboric acid, sodium salt
  8. Phenol, alkylation products (mainly in para position) with C12-rich branched or linear alkyl chains from oligomerization, covering any individual isomers and/ or combinations thereof (PDDP)

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

Table 1. Possible uses of the potential SVHCs in the Consultation List published by ECHA on March 9, 2021

NOSUBSTANCECAS NO. / EC NO.CLASSIFICATIONPOTENTIAL USES
11,4-dioxane204-661-8 / 123-91-1
Ev. C (human health and environment)
  • Solvent in the synthesis of chemicals
22,2-bis(bromomethyl)propane1,3-diol (BMP)
2,2-dimethylpropan-1-ol, tribromo derivative/3-bromo-2,2-bis(bromomethyl)-1-propanol (TBNPA) 
2,3-dibromo-1-propanol (2,3-DBPA)
221-967-7 / 3296-90-0
253-057-0 / 36483-57-5, 1522-92-5
202-480-9 / 96-13-9 
Carc. 1B
  • In polymer production manufacture of plastic products
  • Reactive flame retardant intermediate
32-(4-tert-butylbenzyl)propionaldehyde and its individual stereoisomers
- / -
Repr. 1B
  • Fragrance ingredient in cosmetics, personal care products, washing and cleaning products, air care products and biocidal products
44,4'-(1-methylpropylidene)bisphenol; (bisphenol B)
201-025-1 / 77-40-7
ED
  • Manufacture of phenolic and polycarbonate resins
  • Corrosion inhibitors to coat cans in the food industry
5Glutaral
203-856-5 / 111-30-8
Respiratory sensitising properties 
  • Biocide, e.g. preservative for paper
  • Fire extinguishing agents
  • Anti-foaming agents
  • In paint and varnish
  • Leather tanning
  • Use in x-ray film processing
6Medium-chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCP) [UVCB substances consisting of more than or equal to 80% linear chloroalkanes with carbon chain lengths within the range from C14 to C17]
- / -
PBT
vPvB 
  • Flame retardants and plasticizer additives in plastics, rubber, textile, coatings, paints and varnishes, adhesives and sealants
  • Additives in coolants and lubricants
7Orthoboric acid, sodium salt
237-560-2 / 13840-56-7
Repr. 1B
  • Corrosion inhibitor
8Phenol, alkylation products (mainly in para position) with C12-rich branched or linear alkyl chains from oligomerization, covering any individual isomers and/ or combinations thereof (PDDP)- / -
Repr. 1B 
ED
  • Chemical intermediate for lubricant additive materials and of fuel system cleaners
  • Manufacture of rubber products and plastic products
  • Monomer for phenol/formaldehyde resins and ink resins
  • Intermediate for the production of special resins, paints, varnishes and coating resins

Abbreviations

Carc. 1B: Carcinogenicity category 1B
ED: Endocrine disrupting
Ev. C: Equivalent level of concern
PBT: Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic
Repr. 1B: Toxic to reproduction category 1B
UVCBs: Substance of unknown or variable composition, complex reaction products or biological materials
vPvB: Very persistent and very bioaccumulative 

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