Ten New SVHCs Added to EU REACH Candidate List

Ten New SVHCs Added to EU REACH Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added 10 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation Candidate List, increasing the total amount of substances on the list to 191.

The substances included in the Candidate List for authorization are:

  • Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) (CAS no. 556-67-2)
  • Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) (CAS no. 541-02-6)
  • Dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6) (CAS no. 540-97-6)
  • Lead (CAS no. 7439-92-1)
  • Disodium octaborate (CAS no. 12008-41-2)
  • Benzo[ghi]perylene (CAS no. 191-24-2)
  • Terphenyl hydrogenated (CAS no. 61788-32-7)
  • Ethylenediamine (EDA) (CAS no. 107-15-3)
  • Benzene-1,2,4-tricarboxylic acid 1,2 anhydride (trimellitic anhydride) (TMA) (CAS no. 552-30-7)
  • Dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP) (CAS no. 84-61-7)

These substances are found in a variety of products from cleaning and personal care to adhesives, sealants, plastics and PVC. In particular, the inclusion of lead will have wide-ranging implications on industry, where it has been identified as being used in metals, welding and soldering products, metal surface treatment products and polymers. It is important to note that only lead (the specific substance) has been identified, and not all lead-related substances.

Download The REACH Handbook: Your Guide to SVHC Compliance for more information on the regulation and its implications for your business.

Companies manufacturing or selling products in the European Union (EU) will now need to identify the presence of these SVHCs in articles above the threshold of 0.1 percent w/w, and communicate their presence in articles within six months of June 27, 2018 to downstream users. Those who import finished products into the EU should provide safe use guidance where the presence of these substances exists.

Companies need to go beyond compliance with EU REACH and current SVHCs, and be aware of changing requirements while tracking substances that may be subject to future regulation. Full material disclosures, or Class D material declarations, can help companies remain ahead of changing requirements by providing visibility into the full product composition without having to survey their supply chain each time a new SVHC is added to the Candidate List.    

Use the Assent Materials Declaration Tool to upload, edit, validate and generate your IPC-1752A XML declaration files.

Assent’s REACH Module, part of the Product Compliance Suite, helps companies remain ahead of changing EU REACH requirements by automating supply chain data collection and validation. It also allows companies to identify risk within the supply chain and take action to satisfy compliance requirements, notifying them when restricted substance lists change.

To learn more about the REACH Module, or how Assent can help you identify SVHCs in your supply chain, contact us at info@assentcompliance.com.