EU REACH – ECHA Announces Addition of SVHCs to Candidate List

Vol. 1009 | January 17, 2018

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of 7 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List. It has also amended the entry to the substance, bisphenol-A.

The amendment to BPA and the 7 substances are detailed below for reference.

Substance Name

EC Number

CAS Number

SVHC Property

Examples of Use(s)

4,4’-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol-A; BPA)

201-245-8

80-05-7

Endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) - environment)

Manufacture of polycarbonate, as a hardener for epoxy resins, as an anti-oxidant for processing PVC and in thermal paper production.

Chrysene

205-923-4

218-01-9

Carcinogenic (Article 57a)
PBT (Article 57d)
vPvB (Article 57e)

Normally not produced intentionally but rather occurs as a constituent or impurity in other substances.

Benz[a]anthracene

200-280-6

56-55-3

Carcinogenic (Article 57a)
PBT (Article 57d)
vPvB (Article 57e)

Normally not produced intentionally but rather occurs as a constituent or impurity in other substances.

Cadmium nitrate

233-710-6

10325-94-7

Carcinogenic (Article 57a)
Mutagenic (Article 57b)
Specific target organ toxicity after repeated exposure (Article 57(f) - human health)

Used for the manufacture of glass, porcelain and ceramic products and in laboratory chemicals.

Cadmium hydroxide

244-168-5

21041-95-2

Carcinogenic (Article 57a)
Mutagenic (Article 57b)
Specific target organ toxicity after repeated exposure (Article 57(f) - human health)

Used for the manufacture of electrical, electronic and optical equipment and in laboratory chemicals.

Cadmium carbonate

208-168-9

513-78-0

Carcinogenic (Article 57a)
Mutagenic (Article 57b)
Specific target organ toxicity after repeated exposure (Article 57(f) - human health)

Used as a pH regulator and in water treatment products, laboratory chemicals, cosmetics and personal care products.

1,6,7,8,9,14,15,16,17,17,18,18- Dodecachloropentacyclo[12.2.1.16,9.02,13.05,10]octadeca-7,15-diene (“Dechlorane PlusTM ) [covering any of its individual anti- and syn-isomers or any combination thereof]

-

-

vPvB (Article 57e)

Used as a non-plasticising flame retardant, used in adhesives and sealants and in binding agents.

Reaction products of 1,3,4-thiadiazolidine-2,5-dithione, formaldehyde and 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear (RP-HP) [with ≥0.1% w/w 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear

-

-

Endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) – environment)

Used as a lubricant additive in lubricants and greases.

A link to the notification by ECHA is contained below:

https://echa.europa.eu/-/seven-new-substances-added-to-the-candidate-list-entry-for-bisphenol-a-updated-to-reflect-its-endocrine-disrupting-properties-for-the-environment

Polycyclic aromatic compounds, chrysene, benz[a]anthracene may be present in rubberised substances used in footwear and accessories. Bisphenol A is a substance which may be used in polycarbonates and epoxy resins.

Producers and importers of articles, containing the substance included in the Candidate List have six months from to notify ECHA if the following conditions apply:

  • the substance is present in those articles in quantities over one tonne per producer or importer per year, and
  • the substance is present in those articles above a concentration of 0.1% weight by weight.

In addition, the suppliers of articles which contain these substances on in a concentration above 0.1% (w/w) must 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.

This addition brings the total number of SVHCs on the list to 181. A link to the full candidate list of SVHCs is below:

http://echa.europa.eu/web/guest/candidate-list-table

For additional information please contact:

Mike Redshaw
Global Softlines
mike.redshaw@intertek.com
+44 (0)1942 265700

 

 

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