On January 15, 2018, the Member State Committee of the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) added seven substances to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs), and updated the entry for Bisphenol A (BPA). In-scope companies have six months to respond to the legal obligations associated with these changes.
Seven New SVHCs
The announcement demonstrates the ECHA’s ongoing commitment to keeping REACH requirements up to date with our understanding of the harmful environmental and health effects of the chemicals used to manufacture everyday products. The seven substances that were added to the Candidate List of SVHCs are:
- Cadmium nitrate
- Cadmium hydroxide
- Cadmium carbonate
- Dechlorane plus™
- Reaction products of 1,3,4-thiadiazolidine-2,5-dithione, formaldehyde and 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear (RP-HP) [with ≥0.1% w/w 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear]
Keep pace with changes to the REACH Regulation. Download The REACH Handbook: Your Guide to SVHC Compliance to learn how.
Updates to Bisphenol A
The ECHA also agreed to Germany’s proposal to identify BPA as an SVHC. Although BPA’s intrinsic properties are already noted as “toxic for reproduction” and with “endocrine disrupting properties for human health”, the revision adds its potential for “endocrine disrupting properties in the environment.”
Be Ready to Respond
Your company needs to stay ahead of these updates. A quick communication with suppliers can help determine if any of these newly-regulated substances are contained in your products over the 0.1% article threshold. If any products are found to be non-compliant, you are required to notify the ECHA if you are importing them into the EU at a rate of more than one ton per year.
The Assent Compliance Platform can help you quickly respond to any product compliance requirement. With support from our Regulatory team, our up-to-date REACH Module allows you to quickly launch data collection campaigns to check your products for new SVHCs.