Little Pro on 2015-12-30
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. Up to 8 Jul 2021, there are 219 substances on the SVHC candidate list. Please click the picture below to download the latest REACH SVHC list in excel table. The date of inclusion is also listed.
Note: If a substance is added to SVHC list, that does not mean it is banned. However, if the substance is further added to REACH authorization list, it cannot be placed on the EU market or used after a given date, unless an authorization is granted for their specific use, or the use is exempted from authorisation.
We have launched a free tool called REACH SVHC Finder to help you quickly search if a chemical substance belongs to Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) under EU REACH regulation or not and whether it is subject to REACH authorization. The tool allows you to search REACH SVHC list and REACH authorization list at the same time.
Up to Dec 2017, 43 substances from SVHC candidate list have subsequently been included in the Authorisation List. All substances on the Authorisation list are SVHCs.
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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