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Under REACH Regulation (EC No. 1907/2006) Article 33, European Union article suppliers must fulfill their obligation to communicate information along the supply chain if their products contain any Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) which are included in the candidate list at a concentration ≥ 0.1 %.

To satisfy the minimum legal requirement, the majority of article suppliers only check against the current SVHC candidate list. However, the number of SVHCs on the candidate list continues to increase. According to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), there are 14 more substances intended to be included in the SVHC candidate list.
The 14 SVHCs and their possible applications in consumer products are:
1. Anthracene oil and four other distillation fractions - Generally used in wood preservatives, impregnation agents and solvents. Anthracene oil is usually found in a wide variety of products, ranging from wood products, lacquers, varnishes, fillers, paints, to rubbers and plastics.
2. Five coal tar distillates - Coal tar is mainly used in two consumer products: wooden goods and medication for treating skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis (e.g., cleansing bars, creams, gels, lotions, ointments and shampoos).
3. Arsenic acid and its salts - Usually found in paints, wood products, glass, glass fiber, enamel, and used in textile printing and leather tanning.
4. Diisobutyl Phthalate (DIBP) - Mostly used as an alternative plasticizer for PVC, DIBP is commonly found in a wide range of PVC-based consumer products like children’s clothing, toys, fake leather bags, varnishes, lacquers, adhesives, nail polish, paper and printing inks.
5. 2,4-Dinitrotoluene (2,4-DNT) – This substance is not commonly anticipated in consumer products if the production processes of polyurethane and azo dyes from 2,4-DNT are well managed, however, it may still be present as a contaminant.
6. Tris-(2-chloroethyl)phosphate - Very useful flame retardant in both flexible and rigid polyurethane and polyisocyanurate foam, and can be found in upholstered furniture, mattresses, car interiors, laminated insulation boards and textile coatings.
Chemical NameEC numberCAS numberAnthracene oil292-602-790640-80-5Anthracene oil, anthracene paste, distn. Lights295-278-591995-17-4Anthracene oil, anthracene paste, anthracene fraction295-275-991995-12-2Anthracene oil, anthracene-low292-604-890640-82-7Anthracene oil, anthracene paste292-603-290640-81-6Residues (coal tar), pitch distn.295-507-992061-94-4Distillates (coal tar), heavy oils292-607-490640-86-1Distillates (coal tar), heavy oils, pyrene fraction295-304-591995-42-5Distillates (coal tar), pitch, pyrene fraction295-313-491995-52-7Pitch, coal tar, high-temp.266-028-265996-93-2Arsenic acid and its salts(Index number 033-005-00-1)N/ADiisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)201-553-284-69-52,4-Dinitrotoluene204-450-0121-14-2Tris(2-chloroethyl)phosphate204-118-5115-96-8 The date of the article supply is crucial in relation to the duty to communicate. To avoid repeat checking, article suppliers are strongly recommended to verify whether their products contain the SVHCs on the intention list, in addition to the SVHC candidate list.

Find out if your articles contain these 14 Substances of Very High Concern. SGS can provide a screening method to identify the SVHCs on the current intention list. Please contact your local SGS representative for more details.
Download the August 2009 SCOOP edition on 14 More SVHCs (PDF 59.4 KB).

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