Four new SVHCs added to REACH Candidate List
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has officially added four substances of very high concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List for authorization, bringing the total number of substances on the list to 173.
The new additions of January 12, 2017 are:
- 4,4’-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A; BPA)
- Nonadecafluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) and its sodium and ammonium salts
- 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear
These SVHCs were added to the Candidate List for varying reasons pertaining to human and ecological health, such as their known toxicity for reproductive health and their probable and serious negative environmental effects. This decision was based on proposals put forward by France, Sweden, Germany and Austria, along with the SVHC identification and recommendation process undertaken by the ECHA’s Member State Committee which initially proposed these four substances be added in December 2016.
This is significant given the intent of the Candidate List is to inform industry and the general public that these SVHCs will likely be added to the Authorization List in the future. When they reach the Authorization List, it means industry users will need to apply for permission to use the substance in certain applications after its ‘Sunset Date’ (the date after which a substance can no longer be imported into the EU without the permission of the ECHA). Companies wishing to continue using the substance after the Sunset Date must make an application to the ECHA to do so in advance of the ‘Latest Application Date’. Both of these dates for SVHCs currently on the Authorization List can be found on the ECHA website.
Updates to the Candidate List mean companies producing and importing articles into the EU containing these substances will be required to meet a range of REACH regulation standards.