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On 10th July 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of a new a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List.
The addition is perfluorohexane-1-sulfonic acid and its salts (PFHxS). These substances may be used as a surfactant and wetting agent.
Producers and importers of articles containing a substance included in the Candidate List have six months from the date of the announcement to notify ECHA if the following conditions apply:
In addition, the suppliers of articles which contain these substances on in a concentration above 0.1% (w/w) have to provide sufficient information to allow safe use of the article to their customers or upon request, to a consumer within 45 days of the receipt of the request. This information must contain as a minimum the name of the substance.
Perfluorohexane-1-sulfonic acid and its related salts (PFHxS) is detailed below for reference:
Examples of use(s)
Perfluorohexane-1-sulfonic acid and its salts (PFHxS)
vPvB (Article 57e)
Not yet registered under REACH. May be used as a plasticiser, lubricant, surfactant, wetting agent, corrosion inhibitor and in fire-fighting foams.
This addition brings the total number of SVHCs on the list to 174. The full candidate list of SVHCs is linked below:
The notification by ECHA is contained in the link below:
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