Saturday, December 13, 2008

What are SVHCs? - Part 1

What is SVHC?

SVHC is the short term of Substances of Very High Concern

SVHC include substances which are:
• Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or toxic to Reproduction (CMR), meeting the criteria for classification in category 1 or 2 in accordance with Directive 67/548/EEC,
• Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT) or very Persistent and very Bioaccumulative (vPvB) according to the criteria in Annex XIII of the REACH Regulation, and/or
• 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).

The inclusion of a substance in the Candidate List is solely based on the specific intrinsic hazardous properties of the substance (as described by Article 57 of REACH). Since the proposal is a dynamic and ongoing process the candidate list is subject to change in the future.

What is the current list?

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has included 15 substances of very high concern (SVHC) in the ‘Candidate List’ now published on the ECHA website. Companies are encouraged to check potential duties because once substances are officially published on the candidate list they are immediately subject to certain REACH requirements including “Information in the Supply Chain” for substances, preparations, and particularly, articles. Since the proposal is a dynamic and ongoing process the candidate list is subject to change in the future.

1. Triethyl arsenate
- EC (CAS no.) 427-700-2
- Reason for inclusion: Carcinogenic

2. Anthracene
- EC (CAS no.) 204-371-1
- Reason for inclusion: PBT

3. 4,4'-Diaminodiphenylmethane (MDA)

- EC (CAS no.) 202-974-4
- Reason for inclusion: Carcinogenic

4. Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
- EC (CAS no.) 201-557-4
- Reason for inclusion: Toxic to reproduction

5. Cobalt dichloride
- EC (CAS no.) 231-589-4
- Reason for inclusion: Carcinogenic

6. Diarsenic pentaoxide
- EC (CAS no.) 215-116-9
- Reason for inclusion: Carcinogenic

7. Diarsenic trioxide
- EC (CAS no.) 215-481-4
- Reason for inclusion: Carcinogenic

8. Sodium dichromate
- EC (CAS no.) 234-190-3 (7789-12-0 and 10588-01-9)
- Reason for inclusion: Carcinogenic, Mutagenic and Toxic to reproduction

9. 5-tert-butyl-2,4,6-trinitro-m-xylene(musk xylene)
- EC (CAS no.) 201-329-4
- Reason for inclusion: vPvB

10. Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
- EC (CAS no.) 204-211-0
- Reason for inclusion: Toxic to reproduction

11. Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) and all major diastereoisomers identified: (α – HBCDD, β-HBCDD, γ-HBCDD)
- EC (CAS no.) 247-148-4 and 221-695-9 (134237-50-6) (134237-51-7) (134237-52-8)
- Reason for inclusion: PBT

12. Alkanes, C10-13, chloro (Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffins)
- EC (CAS no.) 287-476-5
- Reason for inclusion: PBT and vPvB

13. Bis(tributyltin)oxide (TBTO)
- EC (CAS no.) 200-268-0
- Reason for inclusion: PBT

14. Lead hydrogenarsenate
- EC (CAS no.) 232-064-2
- Reason for inclusion: Carcinogenic and Toxic to reproduction

15. Benzyl butylphthalate (BBP)
- EC (CAS no.) 201-622-7
- Reason for inclusion: Toxic to reproduction

* To see "What are SVHCs? - Part 2" for the applications of above 15 SVHCs.

You can download each dossiers from ECHA website.

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