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ECHA Consults Over Six Substances as SVHC

SafeGuardSHardgoods, Softlines, Personal and Protective Equipment, Toys and Juvenile Products, Electrical & Electronics, AutomotiveSeptember 07, 2023

SG 113/23

The ECHA has launched a 45-day consultation for listing six chemicals as substances of very high concern (SHVC). Comments are accepted until October 16, 2023.

On September 1, 2023, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched a 45-day consultation period over the listing of six chemicals as substances of very high concern (SVHC). Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) was added to the Candidate List in 2008 for reason of ‘toxic for reproduction’ and ‘endocrine disrupting properties – human health’. The proposed listing of DBP is due to ‘endocrine disrupting properties – environment’. If approved, the number of SVHC on the Candidate List will expand from 235 to 240 entries.

According to ECHA, comments will be accepted until October 16, 2023.

Highlights of the six chemicals are summarized in Table 1.

European Chemicals Agency, Substances of very High Concern Identification, Consultation, September 1, 2023

ItemSubstance [EC/CAS]Application (non-exhaustive)
12,4,6-tri-tert-butylphenol (2,4,6-TTBP)
  • Industrial use/formulation of fuel additives
22-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenol (UV-329)
  • Adhesives and sealants, automotive care products, coating products, lubricants and grease, paints and coating, polishes and waxes
  • Photo-initiator in printed and coated articles
  • UV inks for digital printing
4Bumetrizole (UV-326)
  • Adhesives, coatings, cosmetics, fillers, finishing and impregnation products, fragrances, metal and non-metal surface treatments, modelling clays, polishes and wax blends, plasters, printing inks, putties, textile dyes and sealants
5Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
  • Adhesives, inks and PVC products such as vinyl flooring, cables and coated fabrics
6Oligomerization and alkylation reaction products of 2-phenylpropene and phenol (OAPP)
  • Formulation of rubber, in coatings and inks
  • Adhesives and sealants, automotive care products, coating products, curtains, electronic equipment, fillers, flooring, footwear, fragrances, furniture, inks and toners, leather products modeling clays, putties, plasters, polymers, paints, paper and cardboard products and toys

1 Toxic for reproduction

2 Persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic (PBT)

3 Very persistent and very bio-accumulative (vPvB)

4 Endocrine disrupting properties – environment

Table 1

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