The candidate list for SVHC (Substance of Very High Concern) has 233 entries with the addition of 9 new substances on January 17, 2023. It is the responsibility of companies using these substances to monitor the risks associated with their hazardous chemicals and to warn their customers and consumers.
The 9 new substances added to the SVHC list in January 2023:
Focus on the use of some substances:
- 2,2',6,6'-tetrabromo-4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol (EC 201-236-9, CAS 79-94-7)
Used as a reactive flame retardant and as an additive flame retardant in the manufacture of polymer resins, in epoxy coated circuit boards, printed circuit boards, paper and textiles.
- Barium diboron tetraoxide (EC 237-222-4, CAS 13701-59-2)
Present in paints and coatings.
- Bis(2-ethylhexyl) tetrabromophthalate covering any of the individual isomers and/or combinations thereof (EC -, CAS -)
it is used as a flame retardant, a plasticiser for flexible polyvinylchloride, and for use in wire and cable insulation, film and sheeting, carpet backing, coated fabrics, wall coverings and adhesives.
- reaction mass of 2,2,3,3,5,5,6,6-octafluoro-4-(1,1,1,2,3,3,3-heptafluoropropan-2-yl)morpholine and 2,2,3,3,5,5,6,6-octafluoro-4-(heptafluoropropyl)morpholine (EC 473-390-7, CAS -)
Used in articles, by professional workers (widespread uses), in formulation or repacking, at industrial sites and in manufacturing.
Used in the manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products, textiles, leather or fur and chemicals.
Also called Bisphenol S, is a substitute for Bisphenol A in thermal paper. Known to be an endocrine disruptor for humans and the environment.
The consequences of adding a substance to the candidate list
When a substance is added to the candidate list, it means that the substance is classified as SVHC. This inclusion creates obligations for the users of the substance.
Thus, suppliers of this substance are obliged to provide all necessary information to their customers and consumers to ensure safe use of the substance. This obligation only applies if the concentration of the substance (used alone, in a mixture or present in articles) is higher than 0.1% (m/m) within the EU (European Union) or the EEA (European Economic Area).
Secondly, if an article contains a SVHC, producers and importers of the article established in the EU or EEA must inform ECHA (European Chemical Agency), if the quantities are above 1 t/year and the concentration is above 0.1% (w/w). This information is submitted to ECHA in the form of a notification, which must be submitted within 6 months after the inclusion in the list.
Shared information on substances is also published in the SCIP database established under the Waste Framework Directive (WFD).
Finally, the substance must be associated with a Safety Data Sheet (SDS).
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Care should be taken with substances added to the candidate list. Once in this list, the substances have a high chance to be included in the list subject to authorisation (Annex XIV) requiring companies to apply for authorisation to continue the use of the substances for specific uses after the expiry date.
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