by Rebecca Pickering, PhD
On 27 June 2018, ten Substances Of Very High Concern (SVHCs) were added to the European Union’s Candidate List for Authorisation.
When does a SVHC notification need to be made?
Importers and producers of articles containing these substances have six months from the date of inclusion to notify the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), if both of the following conditions are met:
- The substance is present in the articles in quantities totaling over 1 tonne per year.
- The substance is present in the articles above a concentration of 0.1% (w/w).
However, a notification does not need to be made if exposure to humans or the environment during normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions (including disposal) can be excluded. In these cases, appropriate instructions need to be supplied to the recipient of the article.
Which substances are subject to this upcoming deadline?
The following substances were added to the Candidate List in June 2018 and therefore article notifications must be made by 27 December 2018:
Identifier (CAS #) Chemical Name
556-67-2 Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4)
541-02-6 Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5)
540-97-6 Dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6)
12008-41-2 Disodium octaborate
61788-32-7 Terphenyl hydrogenated
107-15-3 Ethylenediamine (EDA)
552-30-7 Benzene-1,2,4-tricarboxylic acid 1,2 anhydride (trimellitic anhydride) (TMA)
84-61-7 Dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP)
Where are these substances commonly found?
These substances can be found in a wide variety of articles including a large number aimed at the consumer market, such as: furniture (D4), toys (D4), leather (D4), tyres (D5), batteries (Lead), adhesives (Ethylenediamine).
It should also be noted that if your articles meet the requirements for notification, there may also be registration requirements and/or obligations to communicate SVHC information to customers down the supply chain and to consumers.
- Review your article portfolio to determine whether a notification to ECHA is required – you may need to talk to your supplier.
- Monitor the addition of SVHCs to REACH Annex XIV (Authorisation List).
- Investigate potentially suitable replacement substances.
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