REACH Compliance: Five New Substances Added to the SVHC List

REACH Compliance: Five New Substances Added to the SVHC List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added five new substances of very high concern (SVHCs) to the Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Candidate List. The announcement was made on December 17th.

These five substances were added to the list due to their carcinogenic, toxic to reproduction, persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT), and very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) properties.

The five new substances of very high concern, along with examples of their use, are:

1,3-propanesultone

  • Electrolyte fluid in lithium ion batteries

2,4-di-tert-butyl-6-(5-chlorobenzotriazol-2-yl)phenol (UV-327)

  • UV-protection agents in coatings, plastics, rubber and cosmetics

2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4-(tert-butyl)-6-(sec-butyl)phenol (UV-350)

  • UV-protection agents in coatings, plastics, rubber and cosmetics

Nitrobenzene

  • Used in the manufacture of other substances

Perfluorononan-1-oic acid and its sodium and ammonium salts

  • Processing aid for fluoropolymer manufacture
  • Lubricating oil additive
  • Surfactant for fire extinguishers
  • Cleaning agent
  • Textile antifouling finishing agent
  • Polishing surfactant
  • Waterproofing agents
  • Liquid crystal display panels

Also on December 17th, the ECHA released its guidance resulting from the Court of Justice of the European Union’s ruling on how parts and components are handled in the REACH Regulation. The ruling stated parts and components of complex articles that contain SVHCs in a concentration above 0.1 percent w/w, also trigger the notification and declaration requirements. You can find the ECHA’s guidance here.

 

How Does This Affect Your REACH Compliance?

Now that these substances have been classified as SVHCs and placed on the Candidate List, producers and importers whose articles contain these substances face additional requirements under the REACH Regulation.

If the SVHCs are present in an article that has been placed on the European Union market, in a concentration exceeding 0.1 percent weight by weight (w/w), it must be declared by the producer or importer up the supply chain.

In addition, the same producers and importers now have six months from December 17th, 2015, to notify the ECHA if:

  • The SVHC is present in those articles in quantities totalling over one tonne per producer or importer per year, and;
  • The SVHC is present in those articles above a concentration of 0.1 percent w/w.

Having been added to the Candidate List, these SVHCs can now be approved for the Authorisation List where they will be banned for use in the European Economic Area, unless an authorization is submitted and approved.

If these substances are present in your company’s supply chain, they can be easily implemented into your compliance program with the help of the Assent Compliance Platform. These new substances are automatically added to our platform, making it easy for compliance specialists to access the information they require.

Click here to download our whitepaper, REACH Compliance: A Product Is The Sum of Its Parts and make sure you’re up-to-date on everything you need to know about the REACH Regulation.

If you have any questions about the new SVHCs announcement, the guidance, or would like to know more about how the Assent Compliance Platform can benefit your program, contact us at info@assentcompliance.com.

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