REACH: the list of Substances of Very High Concern is changing

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has updated the candidate list for Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). Eight new ones have been added. This list creates legal obligations for importers, producers and suppliers of articles containing one of these substances in concentrations higher than 0.1 %.

Eight new substances considered as SVHCs

The candidate list published by the ECHA is revised twice a year. It was updated on 8 July 2021 with the addition of eight new substances, bringing the total number of substances concerned to 219:
•    1,4-dioxane;
•    2,2-bis (bromomethyl) propane-1,3-diol (BMP); derivative of 2,2-dimethylpropan-1-ol, tribromo /3-bromo-2,2-bis (bromomethyl) -1-propanol (TBNPA); 2,3-dibromo-1-propanol (2,3-DBPA);
•    2-(4-tert-butylbenzyl) propionaldehyde and its stereoisomers;
•    4,4 '- (1-methylpropylidene) bisphenol;
•    glutaral ;
•    medium chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCP);
•    orthoboric acid, sodium salt;
•    phenol, alkylation products (mainly in the para position) with branched C12-rich alkyl chains originating from oligomerization, covering all individual isomers and/or their combinations (PDDP).
These substances were added because of their reproductive toxicity and endocrine disrupting properties. The Consumer Right to Know provided for by Article 33.2 of the REACH regulations shall therefore henceforth apply to these substances. If an article contains more than 0.1% of one of these substances, the supplier must inform the consumer about it on request.

Scan4Chem and the supplier portal: make sure your regulation monitoring is up-to-date

As part of the LIFE ASKREACH project and the deployment of the Scan4Chem application, an interface uniquely for companies has been created (article supplier portal). This latter enables articles that are imported, manufactured and/or for sale to be registered by brand and to indicate whether SVHCs are present or not. The interface also enables companies to get help in their regulation monitoring thanks to an information update reminder sent out as soon as new substances are entered on the SVHC list. Response models are also available to reply to information requests in order to help article suppliers meet their obligations under REACH Article 33 more easily.

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