The ECHA SVHC Candidate list set to grow as a further 54 SVHCs are proposed

4 Sept 2012, Further to the addition of 13 SVHCs to the ECHA Candidate List in June, ECHA have announced on 3rd September that proposals have been put forward for the identification of a further 54 substances. Of the 54 substances within the latest proposal, the European Commission has requested ECHA to prepare Annex XV dossiers for 37 of those substances. Meanwhile, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom have put forward proposals for the identification of the remaining 17 substances.

The full list of 54 substances can be found here.

SVHC are defined in Article 57 of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 ("the REACH Regulation") and include substances which are:

  • carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMRs);
  • persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic (PBTs) or very persistent and bio-accumulative (vPvBs);
  • Identified, on a case-by-case basis, from scientific evidence as causing probable serious effects to human health or the environment of an equivalent level of concern as those above (e.g. endocrine disrupters)

Interested parties have 45 days from the date of publication to provide comments to the Agency on the identification of the substance as SVHC as well as further information related to use, exposure, alternatives and risks. Further to posting comments on the ECHA website prior to 18 October 2012, the Member State Committee will take these comments into account when seeking agreement on the identification of all proposed substances as SVHCs.

The 84 SVHCs currently included on the candidate list can be accessed using the link below:

CIRS's Comments

Inclusion on this list imposes new information requirements on manufacturers and importers of listed substances and on suppliers of preparations and articles containing the substances. If you are an importer or manufacture requiring more information on your obligation under EU REACH, SVHC information requirements for your preparations or articles or SVHC notification, CIRS have a number of solutions to assist you, including our bespoke Hazardous substances free information system and SVHC screening or restricted substances testing. If you are interested in our solutions, please contact:

Ms Louise Halpin, CIRS Ireland

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