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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 19th Jan 2021, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published the 24th batch of SVHC Candidate List (See Table 1), adding 2 substances hence bringing the total number from 209 to 211 entries.

If an article contains any SVHC (concentration above 0.1%(w/w)) included in the Candidate List, the EU manufacturer or importer shall fulfil the obligations of notification and provide sufficient information on request to consumers within 45 days upon the receipt of this request. 

Effective Jan 5, 2021, any articles imported to EU with >0.1% SVHC Candidate List substance shall submit a notification to the SCIP Database as per the Waste Framework Directive amendment (EU) 2018/851.  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. Newly-added SVHC Candidate List Substance and its common application 

SUBSTANCES EC NO. / CAS NO. COMMON APPLICATIONS
24th SVHC Candidate List (Published on Jan 19, 2021) 
bis(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl) ether 205-594-7 / 143-24-8 Flue gas cleaning systems, solvent for production of binders for paints, coalescing agent in paint formulations, adhesives production, electrodeposition, manufacture of soldering fluxes/solder pastes, adsorption liquid and gas scrubbing, formulations of paint strippers and adhesive removers, extraction of volatile organic compounds from solid wastes, inert additive for the fixation of methylated methylolmelamine resins in durable-press cotton and cellulosic fabrics, an HFC/CFC lubricant (automotive air conditioning (A/C) compressor); can also be used as lithium-ion battery
Dioctyltin dilaurate, stannane, dioctyl-, bis(coco acyloxy) derivs., and any other stannane, dioctyl-, bis(fatty acyloxy) derivs. wherein C12 is the predominant carbon number of the fatty acyloxy moiety - / - As stabilizers and catalyst in the production of plastic and rubber; used in a wide variety of product categories including adhesives, sealants, coatings and paints, thinners, paint removers, fillers, putties, plasters, modelling clay, metal surface treatment products, non-metal-surface treatment products, ink and toners, products such as pH regulators, flocculants, precipitants, neutralisation agents, leather treatment products

       
For the full SVHC Candidate List, please see here.

 

SGS can provide a wide array of services on REACH, as testing, training, consulting, process auditing, document preparation and other services to help you deal with these new green requirements more efficiently and effectively!

 

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