On the 19th of December 2016 the Member State Committee (MSC) unanimously agreed on the inclusion of four substances of very high concern (SVHCs): bisphenol A, PFDA, PTAP, and 4-HPbl. ECHA will include these substances in the Candidate List in January 2017.
As no unanimous agreement was reached by the MSC on the SVHC identification of PTBP, and TMA, The Commission subsequently has three months to prepare draft proposals on their inclusion as SVHCs and make a final decision.
|No.||Substance Name||EC No.||CAS No.||Potential Use||Reason for proposing|
|1||4,4’-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A)||201-245-8||80-05-7||Used for synthesizing polymers and resins, and used for the production of flame retardants, plastic antioxidants, thermal paper additive, etc.||Toxic for reproduction (Article 57 c)|
|2||4-Heptylphenol, branched and linear [substances with a linear and/or branched alkyl chain with a carbon number of 7 covalently bound predominantly in position 4 to phenol, covering also UVCB- and well-defined substances which include any of the individual isomers or a combination thereof]||—||—||Used as materials intermediates, can be used for synthesizing lubricants and greases||Serious effects to the environment (Article 57 f)|
|3||Nonadecafluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) and its sodium and ammonium salts||— 206-400-3 221-470-5||3108-42-7 335-76-2 3830-45-3||Used as plasticiser, lubricant, surfactant, wetting agent and corrosion inhibitor, etc.||Toxic for reproduction (Article 57 c); PBT (Article 57 d)|
|4||4-tert-pentylphenol||201-280-9||80-46-6||Used for the manufacture of chemicals and plastic products.||Serious effects to the environment (Article 57 f)|
Legal Obligations of Companies
Producers and exporters of articles containing any of the SVHC candidates shall notify ECHA if both of the following conditions apply:
1. The substance is present in those articles in quantities totaling over on tonne per producer or exporter per year, and
2. The substance is present in those articles above a concentration of 0.1% weight by weight.
As the SVHC Candidate List is consistently being updated companies are facing ever increasing numbers of control requirements. Producers of product shall notify the ECHA within six months after a substance has been included in the SVHC Candidate List if they meet the conditions. Companies should focus on REACH news and take any necessary pre-emptive actions as soon as possible.