REACH: Six New Substances Proposed for Candidate List

REACH: Six New Substances Proposed for Candidate List

Six new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) have been proposed for eventual addition onto the Candidate List for authorization.

Substances with potential adverse effects on the environment and human health are labelled as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs). European Union Member States or the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) can propose a substance be labelled as an SVHC. First, the substances are notified to the Registry of Intentions, then they are subject to a 45 day public consultation prior to their addition to the SVHC Candidate List.

Six new substances have been proposed:

  • 4,4’-Isopropylidenediphenol
  • 4-Heptylphenol
  • 4-tert-butylphenol
  • Benzene-1,2,4-tricarboxylic acid 1,2-anhydride (trimellitic anhydride)
  • Nonadecafluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) and its sodium and ammonium salts
  • p-(1,1-dimethylpropyl)phenol

The evaluation of substances potentially included in the Candidate List must begin several months before their addition, to accommodate a 45 day comment period. This period allows for public comments on the identity of the substances, uses, exposures, alternatives, risks and more. These comments help the ECHA determine if the substances are to be included on the Candidate List, which typically gets updated every six months.

As new substances are added to the Candidate List, materials management compliance programs need to adapt. Assent Compliance offers comprehensive materials management software combined with world-class regulatory expertise on restricted substances. This combination allows companies to develop proactive compliance programs and stay ahead of changes to the REACH Regulation.


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