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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 8 Mar 2018, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published the new SVHC Consultation List (See Table 1) for public consultation. The Candidate List is expected to be updated in June 2018. 

If an article contains any SVHC (concentration above 0.1%(w/w)) included in the Candidate List, 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 Consultation List and its common application

Substance EC No. / CAS No.  Common Applications 
19th SVHC Consultation List (Published on Mar 8th, 2018)
Benzo[ghi]perylene 205-883-8 / 191-24-2  Occurs as a constituent or impurity in other substances
 Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5)  208-764-9 / 541-02-6 Used in cosmetics and personal care products, polishes and waxes, washing and cleaning products and textile treatment products and dyes 
 Disodium octaborate# 234-541-0 / 12008-41-2  Used in antifreeze products, heat transfer fluids, lubricants and greases and washing and cleaning products 
Dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6)   208-762-8 / 540-97-6 Used in polishes and waxes, washing and cleaning products, and cosmetics and personal care products 
Ethylenediamine  203-468-6 / 107-15-3  Used in adhesives and sealants, coating products, fillers, putties, plasters, modelling clay, and pH regulators and water treatment products 
 Lead# 231-100-4 / 7439-92-1  Used in metals, welding and soldering products, metal surface treatment products, polymers and heat transfer fluids 
 Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) 209-136-7 / 556-67-2  Used in washing and cleaning products, cosmetics and personal care products and polishes and waxes 
Terphenyl hydrogenated 262-967-7 / 61788-32-7 Used as plastic additive, as solvent, in coating/inks, in adhesives and sealants
(# : inorganic substances)

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