The ECHA Proposes Four New Substances for SVHC Candidate List

The ECHA Proposes Four New Substances for SVHC Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has proposed the addition of four new substances to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation’s Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs).

During the identification process, the ECHA is conducting a 45 day public consultation, inviting interested parties to submit information related to substance use, volumes per use, exposure, alternatives and risks. Comments on these substances are open through the ECHA website until October 18, 2019.

Proposed Substances

Perfluorobutane Sulfonic Acid (PFBS) & Its Salts

  • Proposed due to serious adverse effects to human health and the environment.
  • Uses include polymer production.

Diisohexyl Phthalate

  • CAS number: 71850-09-4.
  • Proposed due toxicity for reproduction.
  • No registered uses.


  • CAS number: 119313-12-1.
  • Proposed due to toxicity for reproduction.
  • Uses include polymer production.


  • CAS number: 71868-10-5.
  • Proposed due to toxicity for reproduction.
  • Uses include polymer production.

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Next Steps

Once the public consultation has concluded, the ECHA will review the collected data and update the Candidate List of SVHCs accordingly (likely in December, 2019 or January, 2020). If the proposed substances are identified as SVHCs, they will be automatically included in the Candidate List, creating several new obligations for suppliers of the substances, including requirements to:

  • Communicate to the next level in the supply chain when an SVHC is present above the 0.1 percent weight by weight (w/w) threshold at the article level.
  • Notify the ECHA if the article produced contains an SVHC in quantities above one metric ton per producer/importer per year, and if the substance is present in those articles above the 0.1 percent w/w threshold.
  • Supply a safety data sheet.
  • Communicate safe use.
  • Respond to consumer requests within 45 days.

Once SVHCs are identified, companies have six months to communicate concentration levels over threshold to downstream recipients. Depending on the complexity of the supply chain, this information could take considerable time to collect, making it vital to prepare for this prospect as early as possible.

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