10 Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) Added to the Candidate List under REACH

Published 11th July 2018

In addition to the two Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) previously confirmed to be included in the Candidate List update for June/July 2018 (TMA and DCHP). The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has confirmed the addition of a further 8 chemicals previously under review, bringing the list to a total of 191 chemicals.


10 SVHC’s added to the Candidate List on 27th June 2018

SVHC Name CAS Number EC Number Identified Uses
Benzene-1,2,4-tricarboxylic acid 1,2 anhydride (trimellitic anhydride) (TMA) 552-30-7 209-008-0 Used in synthesis of trimellitate esters used as plasticisers in PVC production


Production of enamel wire coatings for wires requiring high thermal stability


Embossing agent for foam-backed vinyl flooring


Dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP) 84-61-7 201-545-9 Plasticiser for a variety of polymers including nitrocellulose, PVA and PVC

Used in paper finishes and to make printer ink water resistant

Benzo[ghi]perylene 191-24-2 205-883-8 Not produced intentionally but occurs as a constituent or impurity in coal and petroleum stream substances
Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) 556-67-2 209-136-7 As intermediate for production of silicone polymers

In washing and cleaning products, cosmetics and personal care products, polishes and waxes

For manufacture of chemicals, rubber products, plastic products, mineral products (e.g. plasters, cement) and electrical, electronic and optical equipment

Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) 541-02-6 208-764-9 As intermediate for production of silicone polymers

In washing and cleaning products, cosmetics and personal care products, polishes, waxes, paints, fragrances and air fresheners

In textile treatment products and dyes, polymers and adhesives and sealants

Dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6) 540-97-6 208-762-8 In production of polysiloxane polymers and resins

In washing and cleaning products, cosmetics and personal care products, polishes, waxes, pharmaceuticals and medical devices

Terphenyl hydrogenated 61788-32-7 262-967-7 As an additive in plastic applications

In coatings, inks, adhesives, sealants and heat transfer fluids

Ethylenediamine 107-15-3 203-468-6 In epoxy, PU, adhesives, coatings and other polymers

As polymerization inhibitor, hydrogen sulfite scavenger, neutralizing corrosion inhibitor

As a processing aid

Lead 7439-92-1 231-100-4 In lead-acid batteries, lead sheets and solder

For production of oxides, pigments, stabilizers and other lead compounds

In lead articles (e.g. cast, rolled and extruded products, ammunition and lead shot)

Disodium octaborate 12008-41-2 234-541-0 In micronutrient fertilizers and in refractory mixtures

In cellulose insulation, paints and coatings, construction materials, and borate PVA solutions


What this means for your organisation

Organisations which supply or produce products for sale in the European Union (EU) must provide business clients with confirmation on the presence and safe use of any article containing a SVHC that exceeds 0.1% (1000ppm), and to consumers upon request. Additionally, in the case the total amount of an SVHC exceeds 1 tonne per year for all products, ECHA must be informed.


BLC Support

BLC can support your business by offering full REACH screening for SVHCs as well as supply chain support and guidance on REACH regulations.

If your business is a BLC Member you can access the BLC REACH SVHC Risk Matrix on the BLC info hub (members’ section of the website).

BLC Members are entitled to access the BLC REACH SVHC Risk Matrix for research and reporting purposes as part of their BLC membership benefits. BLC Members can use the Matrix to identify which products or groups of products may be at risk of containing SVHCs, in addition identify low, medium and high-risk areas within manufacturing and production processes.


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