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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 27 June 2018, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published the new batch of SVHC Candidate List (See Table 1) to include 191 substances.

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 must provide a safety data sheet (SDS) to their downstream users.

Table 1. 19th SVHC Candidate List and its common application

19th SVHC Candidate List (Published on June 27th, 2018) 
Benzene-1,2,4-tricarboxylic acid 1,2 anhydride (trimellitic anhydride)  209-008-0 / 552-30-7  Used in the manufacture of esters and polymers 
Benzo[ghi]perylene   205-883-8 / 191-24-2  Normally not produced intentionally but rather as a constituent or impurity in other substances 
Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5)  208-764-9 / 541-02-6  Used in washing and cleaning products, polishes and waxes, cosmetics and personal care products, textile treatment products and dyes 
Dicyclohexyl Phthalate  (DCHP)  201-545-9 / 84-61-7  Used in plastisol, PVC, rubber and plastic articles. A further use is also as a phlegmatizer and dispersing agent for formulations of organic peroxides 
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 washing and cleaning products, polishes and waxes, cosmetics and personal care products 
Ethylenediamine  203-468-6 / 107-15-3  Used in adhesives and sealants, coating products, fillers 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, polishes and waxes, cosmetics and personal care products 
Terphenyl hydrogenated  262-967-7 / 61788-32-7  Used as plastic additive, solvent, in coating/inks, in adhesives and sealants, and heat transfer fluids 
(# : inorganic substances) 


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