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10 new substances added to the Candidate List

ECHA/PR/18/11

The Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorisation now contains 191 substances.

Helsinki, 27 June 2018 ECHA has added eight new SVHCs to the Candidate List following the SVHC identification process with the involvement of the Member State Committee (MSC).

Two further substances, TMA and DCHP, have also been added to the list, having been identified as SVHCs by the European Commission due to their respiratory sensitising properties and toxic for reproduction and endocrine-disrupting properties, respectively. The Commission’s decision follows the referral of the MSC opinions on these SVHC proposals in 2016.

Substances included in the Candidate List for authorisation on 27 June 2018 and their SVHC properties:

# Substance name EC number CAS number Reason for inclusion Examples of use(s)
1 Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) 209-136-7 556-67-2

PBT (Article 57d)

vPvB (Article 57e)

Used in washing and cleaning products, polishes and waxes and cosmetics and personal care products.
2 Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) 208-764-9 541-02-6

PBT (Article 57d)

vPvB (Article 57e)

Used in washing and cleaning products, polishes and waxes, cosmetics and personal care products, textile treatment products and dyes.
3 Dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6) 208-762-8 540-97-6

PBT (Article 57d)

vPvB (Article 57e)

Used in washing and cleaning products, polishes and waxes, cosmetics and personal care products.
4 Lead 231-100-4 7439-92-1 Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c) Used in metals, welding and soldering products, metal surface treatment products, and polymers.
5 Disodium octaborate 234-541-0 12008-41-2 Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c) Used in anti-freeze products, heat transfer fluids, lubricants and greases, and washing and cleaning products.
6 Benzo[ghi]perylene 205-883-8 191-24-2

PBT (Article 57d)

vPvB (Article 57e)

Not registered under REACH. Normally not produced intentionally but rather occurs as a constituent or impurity in other substances.
7 Terphenyl hydrogenated 262-967-7 61788-32-7 vPvB (Article 57e) Used as a plastic additive, solvent, in coatings/inks, in adhesives and sealants, and heat transfer fluids.
8 Ethylenediamine (EDA) 203-468-6 107-15-3 Respiratory sensitising properties (Article 57(f) - human health) Used in adhesives and sealants, coating products, fillers, putties, plasters, modelling clay, pH regulators and water treatment products.
9 Benzene-1,2,4-tricarboxylic acid 1,2 anhydride (trimellitic anhydride) (TMA) 209-008-0 552-30-7 Respiratory sensitising properties (Article 57(f) - human health) Used in the manufacture of esters and polymers.
10 Dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP) 201-545-9 84-61-7

Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)

Endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) - human health)

Used in plastisol, PVC, rubber and plastic articles. A further use is also as a phlegmatiser and dispersing agent for formulations of organic peroxides.


Background

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 and are candidates for eventual 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 (27 June 2018) to notify ECHA. Information on these obligations and related tools are available on ECHA’s website.


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