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As a major focus of REACH regulation, the candidate list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) has undergone several updates since the entry into force of REACH regulation. On 15 Jan 2018, a new batch of seven substances was added to the SVHC Candidate List by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). As a result, the SVHC Candidate List has been increased to 181 substances. In addition, the existing SVHC Candidate Bisphenol A (BPA) was updated to include its endocrine-disrupting properties which demonstrates probable serious effects to the environment.

If an article contains any SVHC (concentration above 0.1%(w/w)) included in the Candidate List (see Table 1), the EU manufacturer or importer shall fulfill the obligations of notification and provide sufficient information on request to consumers within 45 days upon the receipt of this request;Suppliers must notify ECHA about the SVHC in products if the concentration of a SVHC is above 0.1% (w/w) and the import quantity is above 1 tonne / year. Suppliers of substance or mixture have to provide a safety data sheet (SDS) to their downstream users.

Table 1. SVHC Candidate List and its common application


EC No. / Cas No.

Common Applications 
18th SVHC Candidate List (Published on Jan 15th, 2018) 
Benz[a]anthracene  200-280-6 / 56-55-3, 1718-53-2
Used in coatings, used in road construction applications, in binders or agents and in cleaning agents 
Cadmium carbonate#  208-168-9 / 513-78-0  Used in products such as heat resistance polymers, ceramic glaze, catalysts, cosmetics and personal care and for building and construction work, electronics, vehicles, electrical batteries, accumulators, corrosion protection, isolating coating, moulded articles, glass additive, pigment, semiconductors. Used as laboratory reagent, intermediate (cadmium compounds, pigment) 
Cadmium hydroxide#  244-168-5 / 21041-95-2  Used in metal coating (anti corrosion, friction reduction), batteries. Used as component for production of other cadmium compounds and pigments. Used in laboratory chemicals, for the manufacture of chemicals and electrical, electronic and optical equipment 
Cadmium nitrate#  233-710-6 / 10022-68-1, 10325-94-7  Used as an intermediate in manufacturing other inorganic cadmium compounds and the manufacturing of glass, porcelain and ceramic products 
Chrysene  205-923-4 / 218-01-9, 1719-03-5  Used in coating and paints, used in road and construction application, in binders or release agents, used in lubricants and in cleaning agents 
Dodecachloropentacyclo [,9.02,13.05,10] octadeca-7,15-diene (“Dechlorane Plus” TM) [covering any of its individual anti- and syn-isomers or any combination thereof]   -- / --  Used as a non-plasticizing flame retardant in a wide variety of polymetric systems, with applications in moulded or extruded electrical/electronic applications and ‘wire and cable’, in plastic roofing material used for commercial buildings. Used in an industrial setting: formulation of adhesives, sealants, explosives, metal surface treatment products, polymer preparations and compounds; manufacture of plastics products, non-metallic mineral products, electronic and optical products, machinery, vehicles, food products, fine chemicals 
Reaction products of 1,3,4-thiadiazolidine-2,5-dithione, formaldehyde and 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear (RP-HP) [with ≥0.1% w/w 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear (4-HPbl)]  Used in formulation of lubricant additive, lubricants and greases in vehicles or machinery 

(# : inorganic substances)

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