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With the addition of 20 new SVHCs onto the Candidate List on December 19, 2011, the number of SVHCs has been expanded to 73 substances.1 In light of this rapid change, SGS has updated the SVHC Screen Lite program to help our clients easily identify and detect the presence of any high risk SVHC found in textile and footwear products, thus appropriate actions can then be taken to minimize the risks.

SVHC Screen Lite Program

In order to assist you to fulfil the REACH requirements, experts in the SGS technical competence centre have developed a robust and cost effective SVHC screening program targeting high risk SVHCs. The high risk SVHCs in this program are selected specifically for textile and footwear products on the basis of the official substance dossiers submitted to ECHA for SVHC consultations2, reputable literature sources and our testing experiences. These substances are often found in materials such as plastic, leather, textiles, prints and coating.

High Risk SVHCs in this ProgramApplications in Softline Products
  • Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)
  • 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-11-branched and linear alkyl esters (DHNUP)
  • 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-8-branched alkyl esters, C7-rich (DIHP)
  • Bis (2-methoxyethyl) phthalate (DMEP)*
  • Plasticizer for plastic materials, textile coating and synthetic leather
  • Alkanes, C10-13, chloro (SCCP)
  • Fat liquoring agent in leather
  • Flame retardant
  • Plasticizers
  • Tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP)
  • Plasticizers
  • Flame retardant
  • 4-tert-Octylphenol*
  • Used in textile auxiliaries, manufacture of non-ionic surfactants
  • 2-Methoxyaniline*
  • Intermediate for azo dyes and pigments
  • Formaldehyde, oligomeric reaction products with aniline (technical MDA)*
  • Hardener for epoxy resins
  • Intermediate for high performance polymers
  • Lead chromate
  • C.I. Pigment Yellow 34
  • C.I. Pigment Red 104
  • Sodium chromate
  • Sodium dichromate
  • Potassium chromate
  • Potassium dichromate
  • Ammonium dichromate
  • Chromium trioxide
  • Acid generated from chromium trioxide and their oligomers
  • Manufacture of pigments and dyes
  • Used in plastic, rubber, paper, textile printing
  • Textile printing and leather tanning
  • Textile mordant
  • Treatment and coating of metals

*Substances are new in SVHC Screen Lite program


  • This program provides a preliminary screening of the defined high risk SVHCs in textile and footwear products only. Client must prepare safety information for the product if any SVHC is found with >0.1% (w/w) so as to fulfill the Article 33 requirement.
  • This program is only executed in selected SGS Softlines Laboratories.

For more information on our SVHC Screen Lite program, please feel free to contact your local sales representatives or visit the SGS Softlines webpage.

1 Safeguards No.220/11
2 Annex XV Dossiers for identification of SVHC

Hong Kong
Global Softlines Development Office


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