By Little Pro on 2015-12-30 Views: Update:2017-01-18
Substances fulfilling one or more of the criteria defined in Article 57 of the EU REACH Regulation can be identified as "substances of very high concern" (SVHC) and put on the "candidate List for authorization" which is also called "REACH SVHC list".
Substances on REACH SVHC list are:
REACH SVHC list is not a static list and it is updated frequently. There are 173 substances on the candidate list(last updated: 4 Jan 2017). Please click the picture below to download the latest REACH SVHC list in excel table. The date of inclusion is also listed.
What is new? Jan 2017, ECHA adds 4 substances to SVHC candidate list. The 4 substances are bisphenol A, nonadecafluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) and its sodium and ammonium salts, 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear (4-HPbl), and 4-tert-pentylphenol (PTAP). Read more...
Reminder: Since Switzerland is not a member of the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA), EU REACH regulation does not apply. Switzerland has its own SVHC candidate list which is taken from EU REACH SVHC list. Please refer to Swiss Chemicals Ordinance (ChemO) for more info.
Up to Jan 2016, 31 substances from SVHC candidate list have subsequently been included in the Authorisation List. Substances on authorization list cannot be placed on the market or used after a given date, unless an authorization is granted for their specific use, or the use is exempted from authorisation.
You shall closely monitor the update of SVHC list. You may have immediate legal obligations following inclusion of the substance on the REACH SVHC list.
If your article contains substance(s) included in the SVHC list in concentration above 0.1% (w/w), you need to fulfill the following obligations:
It shall be noted that you also need to check if your products contain any substances on REACH restricted substance list.
EU producers or importers of articles which contain substances on the SVHC list in a concentration above 0.1% (w/w) have to provide sufficient information to their customers to allow safe use of the article as soon as the substances are included or, upon request, to a consumer within 45 days of the receipt of the request.
Note that the term "customers" refers to industrial or professional users and distributors, but not to consumers. If no particular information is necessary to allow safe use of the article containing a substance from the SVHC list, as a minimum the name of the substance in question has to be communicated.
REACH does not specify a format for providing information according to Article 33. ECHA's guidance has listed several possible formats:
EU and EEA producers or importers of articles have to notify ECHA if their article contains a substance on the SVHC list. This obligation applies if the substance is present in those articles in quantities totalling over 1t/y per producer or importer, and if the substance is present in those articles above a concentration of 0.1% (w/w).
You should check whether any of the substance included in your article is subject to restriction under REACH. If yes, you need to comply with restriction conditions set in REACH annex XVII.
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