Five new SVHCs on REACH Candidate List

Use of a total of 168 substances now subject to controls

FBDi e.V. advises that the REACH Candidate List has been expanded to include five new SVHCs as of 17 December 2015 – bringing the list to a total of 168 substances. They have been newly added due to their being carcinogenic, toxic to reproduction, and having persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic properties (PBT), or due to having very persistent and very bioaccumulative properties (vPvB). The new additions to the Candidate List are:

Nitrobenzene
EC no. 202-716-0 / CAS number 98-95-e – toxic to reproduction;
field of use: manufacture of other substances
2,4-di-tert-butyl-6-(5-chlorobenzotriazol-2-yl)phenol (UV-327)
EC no. 223-383-8 / CAS no. 3864-99-1 – vPvB (Art. 57e);
field of use: UV protection in coverings, plastics, rubbers and cosmetics
2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4-(tert-butyl)-6-(sec-butyl)phenol (UV-350)
EC no. 253-037-1 / CAS no. 36437-37-3 – vPvB (Art. 57e);
field of use: UV protection in coverings, plastics, rubbers and cosmetics
1,3-propanesultone
EC no. 214-317-9 / CAS no. 1120-71-4 – carcinogenic (Art. 57a);
field of use: electrolyte fluid in lithium ion batteries
Perfluorononan-1-oic-acid and its sodium and ammonium salts
EC no. 2016-801-3 / CAS no. 375-95-1 / 21049-39-8 / 4149-60-4 – toxic to reproduction (Art. 57c) and PBT (Art. 57d); field of use: processing facilitator for fluoropolymer production / lubricant oil additive / fire extinguisher surfactants / cleaning agents / anti-fouling agents for textile finishing / polishing surfactants / impregnants and in liquid crystal display panels (LCD panels)

The latter substances have been included in the Candidate List with the involvement of the committee of the member states.

As a result, the REACH Candidate List now includes 168 substances of very high concern (SVHCs). In this context, the FBDi would like to explicitly draw attention to the general notification obligation that has applied to SVHCs (substances of very high concern) since 1 June 2011. This also applies to existing SVHCs in Annex XIV. When a substance is included in the Candidate List, businesses and distributors/importers have six months to notify the ECHA if their imported products contain one of these substances with a content of more than 0.1% of the product’s weight AND if they are cumulatively present in more than one ton per year (covering all affected and imported products).
According to the FBDi, the stricter notification requirements imposed as a result of the ruling issued by the ECJ in September 2015 is of particular importance in relation to the REACH regulation (EC 1907/2006): Where the threshold was previously defined as 0.1% of the mass of the end product (Art. 7, para. 2 and Art. 33 REACH), this now applies with immediate effect to the products contained within a more complex end product.

The complete list with the candidates (including support documents) for inclusion in Annex XIV of the REACH regulation can be viewed on the ECHA website at: http://echa.europa.eu/web/guest/candidate-list-table. The ECHA works with the member states and the European Commission to investigate substances that pose a hazard to human health and the environment. Accordingly, the SHVC Roadmap 2020 aims to have all relevant SVHCs on the Candidate List by 2020.

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