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Helsinki, 12 January 2017 - ECHA has added four new SVHCs to the Candidate List

Date:
27.01.2017
Category
  • substances of very high concern (SVHCs)
  • Candidate List
  • communication obligations

Helsinki, 12 January 2017 - ECHA has added four new SVHCs to the Candidate List based on proposals by France, Sweden, Germany and Austria, following the SVHC identification process with involvement of the Member State Committee.

The SVHCs Canditate List now contains 173 substances.

Four new SVHCs:

-          4,4’-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A; BPA)

-          Nonadecafluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) and its sodium and ammonium salts

-          p-(1,1-dimethylpropyl)phenol

-          4-heptylphenol, branched and linear [substances with a linear and/or branched alkyl chain with a carbon number of 7 covalently bound predominantly in position 4 to phenol, covering also UVCB- and well-defined substances which include any of the individual isomers or a combination thereof]

 

The Candidate List is a list of substances that may have serious effects on human health or the environment. Substances on the Candidate List are also known as "substances of very high concern". The aim of publishing such a list is to inform the general public and industry that these substances are candidates for possible inclusion in the Authorisation List. Once they are on the Authorisation List, industry will need to apply for permission to continue using the substance after the sunset date.

Companies may have legal obligations resulting from the inclusion of the substance in the Candidate List. These obligations may apply to the listed substance on its own, in mixtures or in articles. In particular, any supplier of articles containing a Candidate List substance above a concentration of 0.1% (weight by weight) has communication obligations towards customers down the supply chain and consumers. In addition, importers and producers of articles containing the substance have six months from the date of its inclusion in the Candidate List (12 January 2017) to notify ECHA. Information on these obligations and related tools are available on the ECHA website.