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REACH SVHC List 2017

By Little Pro on 2015-12-30 Views:  Update:2017-07-19

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:

  • substances meeting the criteria for classification as carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic (CMR) category 1 or 2;
  • persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic (PBT) substances; or
  • very persistent and very bio-accumulative (vPvB) substances;
  • substances for which there is evidence for similar concern, such as endocrine disruptors.

Download the Latest REACH SVHC List in Excel Table

REACH SVHC list is not a static list and it is updated frequently. There are 174 substances on the candidate list(last updated: 12 Jul 2017). Please click the picture below to download the latest REACH SVHC list in excel table. The date of inclusion is also listed.

REACH SVHC List 2016

What is new? 

  • On 10 July 2017, ECHA adds Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid and its salts (PFHxS)  to SVHC candidate list.
  • On 12 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). 

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.

From SVHC Candidate List to Authorization List

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.


What does REACH SVHC list mean to you?

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:

  • Duty to communication information on SVHCs - REACH article 33;
  • Notification of SVHC in articles to ECHA- REACH article 7(2);

It shall be noted that you also need to check if your products contain any substances on REACH restricted substance list.

Check out a good example of REACH Certificate of Compliance.

Article 33 - duty to communicate information of substances in articles

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:

  • Standard answering letters;
  • Instructions for use;
  • Info on labels;
  • Standard communication formats developed by industry associations.

Article 7(2) - notification of substances in articles

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).

  • A notification has to be submitted no later than 6 months after its inclusion;
  • A notification is not required for a substance in articles which have been produced or imported before the substance has been included on the SVHC list.
  • According the latest ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), the 0.1% threshold for notifying SVHCs in articles applies to “each of the articles incorporated as a component of a complex product” rather than to the entire article.
  • The obligation to notify substances in articles also applies to packaging materials. Packaging is to be assessed separately from any object it contains.

SVHC Notification Exemptions

  • The producer or importer of an article can exclude the exposure of humans and the environment to the substance during normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use of the article, including its disposal; or
  • The substance has already been registered by a manufacturer or importer in the EU for that use.

What if my article does not contain substances on REACH SVHC list?

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.


Check out a good example of REACH Certificate of Compliance.

Reference & Resources

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