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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 25th June 2020, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published the 23rd batch of SVHC Candidate List (See Table 1), adding 4 substances hence bringing the total number from 205 to 209 entries.

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

Substances EC No. / CAS No. Common Applications
23rd SVHC Candidate List (Published on June 25th, 2020)
1-vinylimidazole 214-012-0 / 1072-63-5 As an intermediate and monomer for polymer production. Used in paints, lacquers, varnishes, surface treatment agents, cleaning agents
2-methylimidazole 211-765-7 / 693-98-1 As an intermediate to produce pharmaceuticals, photosensitive and photothermal materials, dyes, pigments, rubber. Used as a crosslinking accelerator and curing agent for semiconductor encapsulation epoxy resin. Used as a component of epoxy resin, acrylic rubber-fluororubber, adhesive, fabric finishing agent, epoxy silane coating
Butyl 4-hydroxybenzoate 202-318-7 / 94-26-8 Used in cosmetics, personal care products, medicines
Dibutylbis(pentane-2,4-dionato-O,O')tin 245-152-0 / 22673-19-4 Used in the production of textiles, leather, wood products, paper and cardboard products, rubber products, computers, electronics and optical products, electrical products, and construction products
For the full SVHC Candidate List, please see here.
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