ECHA Adds Four New SVHCs to the Candidate List Under REACH
The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has added four new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List under REACH. The additions bring the total number of SVHCs on the Candidate List to 201.
• 2-Methoxyethyl acetate. Listed as toxic for reproduction category 1B, this is the fifth glycol ether to be added. Uses include solvent for gums, resins, waxes and oils, and in the manufacture of semiconductors, textile printing and photographic films
• Tris(4-nonylphenyl, branched and linear) phosphite (TNPP) with ≥ 0.1% w/w of 4-nonylphenol, branched and linear (4-NP). This is listed as having probable endocrine disrupting properties. It is used as a stabilizer in rubbers and plastics, and in the manufacture of coatings and adhesives
• 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-2-(heptafluoropropoxy)propanoic acid, its salts and its acyl halides (covering any of their individual isomers and combinations). This is listed as having probable serious effects to the environment and human health. It is very persistent and very mobile in the aquatic environment in the form of 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-2-(heptafluoropropoxy)propanoate. As an ammonium salt it is used as a processing aid for the production of fluoro-polymers
• 4-tert-butylphenol (PTBP). Also listed as having probable endocrine disrupting properties in the environment, this is used in the production of phenolic resins, ethoxylated resins, epoxy resins and polycarbonates; as an antioxidant and stabilizer in rubber, plastic, food and oils; and as a raw material for construction elements and floors in buildings
Article 33 of REACH requires manufacturers and suppliers of articles into the EU/EEA to provide information that allows the safe use of a product upon supply. In addition, consumers can request the same information, which must be supplied within 45 days. This applies when the concentration of SVHC is above 0.1% (w/w).
Article 7 of REACH requires manufacturers and suppliers to inform the ECHA if a product contains a SVHC in a concentration above 0.1% and in a quantity over one tonne per year.
The ECHA updated the Candidate List on July 16, 2019, meaning stakeholders have until January 16, 2020, to notify the ECHA if their articles contain the four new SVHCs at sufficient concentrations.
Stakeholders are now advised to check their products comply with the latest revisions to ensure continued compliance.
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