SGS Publishes Overview of Additions to Candidate List Under REACH

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company,
has published a summary of the changes made to the Candidate List by the European
Chemical Agency (ECHA).

On July 8, 2021, the ECHA added the following eight substances of very
high concern (SVHC). Some represent a group of chemicals, bringing the total
number of substances on the Candidate List to 219.

The eight substances are:

  1. 1,4-dioxane
  2. 2,2-bis(bromomethyl)propane1,3-diol
    (BMP); 2,2-dimethylpropan-1-ol, tribromo
    derivative/3-bromo-2,2-bis(bromomethyl)-1-propanol (TBNPA);
    2,3-dibromo-1-propanol (2,3-DBPA)
  3. 2-(4-tert-butylbenzyl)propionaldehyde
    and its individual stereoisomers
  4. 4,4′-(1-methylpropylidene)bisphenol
  5. Glutaral
  6. Medium-chain
    chlorinated paraffins (MCCP) (UVCB substances consisting of more than or equal
    to 80% linear chloroalkanes with carbon chain lengths within the range from C14
    to C17)
  7. Orthoboric
    acid, sodium salt
  8. Phenol,
    alkylation products (mainly in para position) with C12-rich branched or linear
    alkyl chains from oligomerisation, covering any individual isomers and/ or
    combinations thereof (PDDP)

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These substances have a variety of uses, including acting as a solvent
when synthesizing chemicals, as a fragrance ingredient in cosmetics, as a flame
retardant and as a biocide. To see a complete summary of their uses, read SGS’s
SafeGuard 091/21.

Under Article 33 of Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals
(REACH), manufacturers and importers operating the European Union (EU) and
European Economic Area (EEA) are required to provide information that allows
safe use when an SVHC’s concentration within a product exceeds 0.1% (w/w). This
should be done upon supply or within 45 days when requested by a consumer. Also,
they must also notify the ECHA if an article contains an SVHC in a
concentration above 0.1% in a quantity above one tonne per year (Article 7).

These obligations come into
effect six months after an SVHC has been added to the Candidate List, meaning the
notification deadline on these eight substances is January 8, 2022.

Stakeholders should also be
aware that, a
s of January 5, 2021, EU producers, importers,
assemblers and distributers of articles containing above 0.1% w/w of an SVHC on
the Candidate List must also submit a notification to the Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products) (SCIP) database under the Waste Framework Directive

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keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods
industry. Read the full EU – SVHC Candidate
List Updated to Contain 219 Entries

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further information contact:


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