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Candidate List updated with thirteen new Substances of Very High Concern

ECHA/PR/12/16
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ECHA has added thirteen new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List. All substances included are classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction.

Helsinki, 18 June 2012 - Four have been identified as SVHCs under the precondition that they contain certain carcinogenic constituents above the concentration limit for classifying these substances as carcinogenic. Five of the new SVHCs have been included in the Candidate List following a scrutiny of the comments received during the public consultation and the unanimous agreement of the Member State Committee (MSC). The further eight substances, which did not receive comments challenging the identification as SVHCs during public consultation, were directly added to the Candidate List.

The update of the Candidate List also comprises a consolidation of the entries of aluminosilicate refractory ceramic fibres (Al-RCF) and zirconia aluminosilicate refractory ceramic fibres (ZrAl-RCF) included in the List in January 2010 and December 2011. The scope of the more recent Al-RCF and ZrAl-RCF entries fully covers the earlier ones, which therefore could be consolidated in the entries from December 2011. There is now one entry for Al-RCF and one for ZrAl-RCF. Companies that comply with their obligations to notify substances in articles arising from the entries of 2010 are not required to take further action; their notifications will be assigned by ECHA to the consolidated entries.

The legal obligations that companies may have resulting from the inclusion of substances in the Candidate List apply to the listed substances on their own, in mixtures or in articles. Producers and importers of articles containing any of the 13 substances included in the Candidate List by 18 June 2012 have six months from today to notify ECHA by 17 December 2012, if both of the following conditions apply: (1) the substance is present in those articles in quantities totalling over one tonne per producer or importer per year and (2) the substance is present in those articles above a concentration of 0.1% weight by weight. There are exemptions from the notification obligation if the substance is already registered for the use or when exposure can be excluded. Information on the notification of substances in articles and related submission tools, as well as a manual with instructions on how to create and submit a notification dossier are available on ECHA´s website.

The Candidate List now contains 84 substances. As foreseen by REACH, a specific procedure will be followed to decide whether the substances should also be included in the List of Substances Subject to Authorisation (Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation).

 

Further information

Substances included in the Candidate List for authorisation on 18 June 2012, their SVHC properties and their main uses according to information provided in the registrations, Annex XV dossiers and by interested parties during public consultation on their identification as SVHCs.

Substance name EC number CAS number SVHC property Main uses
1,2-bis(2-methoxyethoxy)ethane (TEGDME; triglyme) 203-977-3 112-49-2 Toxic for reproduction (Article 57 c)

Mainly used as a solvent or as a processing aid in the manufacture and formulation of industrial chemicals. Minor uses in brake fluids and repair of motor vehicles.

1,2-dimethoxyethane; ethylene glycol dimethyl ether (EGDME) 203-794-9 110-71-4 Toxic for reproduction (Article 57 c) Mainly used as a solvent or as a processing aid in the manufacture and formulation of industrial chemicals, including use as an electrolyte solvent in lithium batteries.
Diboron trioxide 215-125-8 1303-86-2 Toxic for reproduction (Article 57 c) Used in a multitude of applications, e.g. in glass and glass fibres, frits, ceramics, flame retardants, catalysts, industrial fluids, metallurgy, nuclear, electrical equipment, adhesives, inks/paints, film developing solutions, detergents and cleaners, reagent chemicals, biocides and insecticides.
Formamide
200-842-0 75-12-7 Toxic for reproduction (Article 57 c) Mainly used as an intermediate in the manufacture of agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and industrial chemicals. Minor uses as a solvent, as a laboratory reagent for quality control purposes in forensic laboratories, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, food and drinks manufacturers and research laboratories. The substance seems to also be used as a plasticiser.
Lead(II) bis(methanesulfonate)
401-750-5 17570-76-2 Toxic for reproduction (Article 57 c) Mainly used in plating processes (both electrolytic and electroless) for electronic components (such as printed circuit boards). The substance seems to also be used for batteries in special applications.
Substance name EC number CAS number SVHC property Main uses
1,3,5-tris(oxiranylmethyl)-1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6(1H,3H,5H)-trione (TGIC) 219-514-3 2451-62-9 Mutagenic (Article 57 b)
Mainly used as a hardener in resins and coatings. Also used in inks for the printed circuit board industry, electrical insulation material, resin moulding systems, laminated sheeting, silk screen printing coatings, tools, adhesives, lining materials and stabilisers for plastics.
1,3,5-tris[(2S and 2R)-2,3-epoxypropyl]-1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6-(1H,3H,5H)-trione (β-TGIC) 423-400-0 59653-74-6 Mutagenic (Article 57 b) Mainly used as a solder mask ink in the EU. Also used in electrical insulation material, resin moulding systems, laminated sheeting, silk screen printing, coatings, tools, adhesives, lining materials and stabilisers for plastics.
4,4'-bis(dimethylamino)benzophenone (Michler's ketone) 202-027-5 90-94-8 Carcinogenic (Article 57 a)
Used as an intermediate in the manufacture of triphenylmethane dyes and other substances. Further potential uses include use as an additive (photosensitiser) in dyes and pigments, in dry film products and as a process chemical in the production of electronic circuit boards.
N,N,N',N'-tetramethyl-4,4'-methylenedianiline (Michler's base)
202-959-2 101-61-1 Carcinogenic (Article 57 a) Used as an intermediate in the manufacture of dyes and other substances.
Substance name EC number CAS number SVHC property Main uses

[4-[[4-anilino-1-naphthyl][4-(dimethylamino)phenyl]methylene]cyclohexa-2,5-dien-1-ylidene] dimethylammonium chloride (C.I. Basic Blue 26) [with ≥ 0.1% of Michler's ketone (EC No. 202-027-5) or Michler's base (EC No. 202-959-2)]

219-943-6 2580-56-5 Carcinogenic (Article 57 a)
Used in the formulation of inks, cleaners, and coatings, as well as for dyeing paper, packaging, textiles, plastic products, and other types of articles. It is also used in diagnostic and analytical applications.

[4-[4,4'-bis(dimethylamino) benzhydrylidene]cyclohexa-2,5-dien-1-ylidene]dimethylammonium chloride (C.I. Basic Violet 3) [with ≥ 0.1% of Michler's ketone (EC No. 202-027-5) or Michler's base (EC No. 202-959-2)]

208-953-6 548-62-9 Carcinogenic (Article 57 a) Used mainly for paper colouring and inks supplied in printer cartridges and ball pens. Further uses include staining of dried plants, use as a marker for increasing the visibility of liquids, staining in microbial and clinical laboratories.

4,4'-bis(dimethylamino)-4''-(methylamino)trityl alcohol [with ≥ 0.1% of Michler's ketone (EC No. 202-027-5) or Michler's base (EC No. 202-959-2)]

209-218-2 561-41-1 Carcinogenic (Article 57 a)
Used in the formulation of writing inks and potentially other inks, as well as for dyeing a variety of materials.

α,α-Bis[4-(dimethylamino)phenyl]-4 (phenylamino)naphthalene-1-methanol (C.I. Solvent Blue 4) [with ≥ 0.1% of Michler's ketone (EC No. 202-027-5) or Michler's base (EC No. 202-959-2)]

229-851-8 6786-83-0 Carcinogenic (Article 57 a) Mainly used in the formulation of printing and writing inks, for dyeing paper and in mixtures such as windscreen washing agents.

 

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