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ECHA Adds Two SVHC to the Candidate List

SafeGuardSHardgoods, Toys and Juvenile ProductsJune 29, 2023

SG 81/23

The European Chemicals Agency has added two substances to the Candidate List. There are legal obligations placed on industry once a substance has been placed on this list.

On June 14, 2023, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of two substances to the Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHC). This inclusion expands the number of entries on the Candidate List from 233 to 235.

Highlights of the latest two SVHC added to the Candidate List are summarized in Table 1.

European Chemicals Agency, ECHA/NR/23/17, June 14, 2023
ECHA adds two hazardous chemicals to Candidate List

No.Substance (EC/CAS)ClassificationPotential Application
1Diphenyl(2,4,6-trimethylbenzoyl)phosphine oxide
(278-355-8/ 75980-60-8)
Toxic for reproduction
  • Adhesives, sealants and fillers
  • Coatings
  • Inks and toners
  • Plasters and polymers
  • Modeling clay and putties
2Bis(4-chlorophenyl) sulphone
(201-247-9/ 80-07-9)
Very persistent and very bio-accumulative (vPvB)
  • Manufacture of chemicals, plastic and rubber products.

Table 1

What are the implications when an SVHC is added to the Candidate List?

Once a substance is placed on the Candidate List, companies have legal obligations when a substance is included, either on its own, in a mixture or in an article.

Suppliers of an article containing a Candidate List SVHC in a concentration of more than 0.1% are required to provide information to the recipient of the article to allow its safe use. Equivalent information should be supplied to consumers within 45 days, if requested.

EU producers and importers of an article are obliged to notify the ECHA if their article contains a Candidate List SVHC within six months of the date it is included on the list.

Suppliers of substances on the Candidate List, either on their own or in mixtures, are obliged to provide their customer with a safety data sheet (SDS).

Since January 2021, EU producers, importers, assemblers and distributors of articles containing more than 0.1% of an SVHC on the Candidate List are obliged to notify the ECHA (Waste Framework Directive, WFD). This notification is published on the ECHA’s substances of concern in products (SCIP) database.

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