Candidate List: ECHA Adds Eight SVHCs

In July 2021, the ECHA added eight substances of very high concern (SVHC) to the REACH Candidate List as announced in a press release. The list currently contains 219 chemicals that now require mandatory information and will soon require authorization.  

The eight new substances include: 

  • 2-(4-tert-butylbenzyl)propionaldehyde and stereoisomers: Toxic for reproduction; used in cleaning agents, cosmetics, scented articles, polishes, and wax blends 
  • Orthoboric acid, sodium salt: Toxic for reproduction; not registered under REACH but may be used as a solvent and corrosion inhibitor 
  • 2,2-bis(bromomethyl)propane1,3-diol (BMP); 2,2-dimethylpropan-1-ol, tribromo derivative/3-bromo-2,2-bis(bromomethyl)-1-propanol (TBNPA); 2,3-dibromo-1-propanol (2,3-DBPA):  
    Carcinogenic; used in the production of polymer resins and as an intermediate product 
  • Glutaral: Respiratory sensitising properties; used in biocides, cosmetics, leather tanning, and X-ray film processing 
  • MCCPs: Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT), and very persistent, very bioaccumulative (vPvB); used as flame retardants, in plastics, and in sealants 
  • Alkylphenol, primarily in para position, C12 (branched or linear): Toxic for reproduction and  
    endocrine disrupting properties; used in lubricants and fuel system cleaners 
  • 1,4-Dioxane: Carcinogenic; used as a solvent 
  • 4,4′-(1-methylpropylidene) bisphenol (bisphenol B): Endocrine disrupting properties; not  
    registered under REACH, possible use in phenolic and polycarbonate resin 

As a manufacturer or importer of these SVHCs, you must fulfill the following information requirements: 

  • You must supply your customers with an up-to-date safety data sheet. The requirement also applies to mixtures when the substance in question is present in an individual concentration of at least 0.1% by weight. 
  • According to Article 9, paragraph 1, letter i of EU Directive 2018/851 (Waste Framework Directive), you must notify the ECHA SCIP database if your articles contain SVHCs in a concentration of more than 0.1% by mass. 
  • As the vendor of such substances in articles, you must also follow Article 33, Section 2 of REACH and, upon the request of the user, provide the user with, at the very least, the name of the substance within 25 days.  

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