ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) has added four new substances to the Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorisation. The substances are added due to their toxicity to reproduction, endocrine disruption and a combination of other properties of concern. The list now contains 201 substances.
The Candidate List contains substances that may have serious effects on human health or the environment. Substances added to the list are candidates for eventual inclusion in the Authorisation List. Once they are on the Authorisation List, companies will need to apply for permission to continue using the substance.
The substances added are listed in the table below:
|#||Substance name||EC number||CAS number||Reason for inclusion||Examples of use(s)|
|1||2-methoxyethyl acetate||203-772-9||110-49-6||Toxic for reproduction (Article 57 (c))||Not registered under REACH.|
|2||Tris(4-nonylphenyl, branched and linear) phosphite (TNPP) with ≥ 0.1% w/w of 4-nonylphenol, branched and linear (4-NP)||–||–||Endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) – environment)||Primarily used as an antioxidant to stabilise polymers.|
|3||2,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-2-(heptafluoropropoxy)propionic acid, its salts and its acyl halides (covering any of their individual isomers and combinations thereof)||–||–||Equivalent level of concern having probable serious effects to the environment (Article 57(f) – environment) and human health (Article 57(f) – human health)||Processing aid in the production of fluorinated polymers.|
|4||4-tert-butylphenol||202-679-0||98-54-4||Endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) – environment)||Used in coating products, polymers, adhesives, sealants and for the synthesis of other substances.|
Companies may have legal obligations resulting already from the inclusion of the substance in the Candidate List. Importers and producers of articles containing the substance have six months starting from today (16 July 2019) to notify ECHA.
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