SVHC Candidate List Expanded in European Union

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:

  • 1-vinylimidazole
  • 2-methylimidazole
  • Dibutylbis(pentane-2,4-dionato-O,O’)tin
    – an organotin compound has similar properties and/or uses to SVHC candidate
    dibutyltin dichloride
  • Butyl 4-hydroxybenzoate

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With these four substances, the Candidate List now contains 209 entries.

The four
substances have a variety of uses, including:

  • 1-vinylimidazole:
    1. Monomer in polymerization
    2. In paints, lacquers, varnishes,
      surface treatment, and cleaning/washing agents
  • 2-methylimidazole:
    1. Component in the manufacture of
      pharmaceuticals, photographic and photothermographic chemicals, dyes and
      pigments, agricultural chemicals and rubber
    2. Polymerization crosslinking accelerator and
      hardener for epoxy resin systems
    3. Catalyst for producing epoxy resin pastes,
      acrylic rubber-fluororubber laminates, films, adhesives, textile finishes and
      epoxy silane coatings
    4. Dyeing auxiliary for acrylic fibers and
      plastic foams
  • Dibutylbis(pentane-2,4-dionato-O,O’)tin – as a
    catalyst and stabilizer in adhesives, sealants, coatings and paints, thinners,
    paint removes, paper and board treatment products, dyes, finishing and
    impregnation products including bleaches and other processing aids, polymer
    preparations in production of resins and rubber, and textile dyes
  • Butyl 4-hydroxybenzoate (Butylparaben) – as a
    preservative in cosmetics, personal care products and pharmaceuticals

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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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