Vol. 947 | 19 Jan 2017

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of 4 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List.

The substances are detailed below for reference

Substance name

EC number

CAS number

SVHC property

Examples of use(s)

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



Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)

Manufacture of polycarbonate epoxy resins and chemicals; hardener in epoxy resins

Nonadecafluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) and its sodium and ammonium salts







Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)

PBT (Article 57d)

Lubricant, wetting agent, plasticiser and corrosion inhibitor




Equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects to environment (Article 57f)

Manufacture of chemicals and plastic products

4-heptylphenol, branched and linear [substances with a linear and/or branched alkyl chain with a carbon number of 7 covalently bound predominantly in position 4 to phenol, covering also UVCB- and well-defined substances which include any of the individual isomers or a combination thereof]



Equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects to environment (Article 57f)

Manufacture of polymers; formulation into lubricants

The notification by ECHA is contained in the link below:


Producers and importers of articles containing the substances included in the Candidate List have six months from the date of inclusion 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
  • the substance is present in those articles above a concentration of 0.1% weight by weight

In addition, the suppliers of articles that contain these substances 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.

This addition brings the total number of SVHCs on the list to 173. A link to the full candidate list of SVHCs is below:



For additional information please contact:

Mike Redshaw
+44 (0)1942 265700

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