The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has added four new substances of very high concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List under REACH.
The four new SVHCs are:
With these four substances, the Candidate List now contains 209 entries.
The four substances have a variety of uses, including:
1-vinylimidazole, 2-methylimidazole, and Dibutylbis(pentane-2,4-dionato-O,O’)tin are all classified as having adverse effects on sexual function and fertility or on development (reproductive toxicant category 1B). Butyl 4-hydroxybenzoate (Butylparaben) is categorized as being endocrine disrupting.
Under Article 33 of REACH, manufacturers and importers operating within the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) must provide information to allow the safe use of a product that contains concentrations of an SVHC in excess of 0.1% (w/w). This must be supplied to recipients upon supply and consumers within 45 days of a request. If an article contains an SVHC with a concentration above 0.1%, and with a quantity over one metric tonne per year, the manufacturer or importer must notify the ECHA under Article 7 of REACH.
Notification of SVHCs within an article must be made within six months of their inclusion on the Candidate List. These four substances were added on June 25, 2020, and so the deadline for notification is January 25, 2021.
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