Seven New Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) Added to ECHA Candidate List

Published 1st January 2018

Seven new chemicals have been added to the ECHA Candidate List, which now features 181 Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs).

If your company retails, manufactures, imports or distributes products in the European Union which include any of the chemicals listed on the ECHA Candidate List, then you need to be aware of their acceptable limits and of this recent change.


What is the Risk of Non-Compliance?

The legal obligations that companies may have resulting from the inclusion of substances in the Candidate List may apply to the listed substances on their own, in mixtures or in articles. Products containing unacceptable levels of SVHCs not only pose a risk to consumers, but also to the workers who make the products as well as the environment. Unacceptable levels of SVHCs in a product can also result in a large-scale product recall, fines, brand reputation damage and ultimately, loss of revenue.


Substances added to the Candidate List on 15th January 2018

SVHC Name CAS Identified Uses
Benz[a]anthracene 56-55-3; 1718-53-2 Part of PAH family; Rubber/Plastic Components, Footwear Outsoles, Lacquers and Coatings, Recycled Materials, Carbon Black, Pigments/Dyestuffs, Extender, Oils/Softeners, Lubricants, Printing Pastes


Chrysene 218-01-9; 1719-03-5
Cadmium carbonate 513-78-0  

pH regulator, Use in water treatment products, laboratory chemicals, cosmetics and personal care products, Manufacture of plastics for food packaging and storage, toys, mobile phones and coatings for cable, Additive for glass


Cadmium Hydroxide 21041-95-2 Use in laboratory chemicals, Manufacture of electrical, electronic and optical equipment. Manufacture of flooring, furniture, toys, construction materials, curtains, footwear, leather products, paper and cardboard products


Cadmium Nitrate 10022-68-1; 10325-94-7 Use in laboratory chemicals, Manufacture of glass, porcelain and ceramic products


Dodecachloropentacyclo[,9.02,13.05,10] octadeca-7,15-diene
Non-plasticizing flame retardant for plastics, electronic wiring and cables, automobiles, hard plasticconnectors and plastic roofing material, Use in adhesives and sealants, Use in binding agents


Reaction products of 1,3,4-thiadiazolidine-2, 5-dithione, formaldehyde and 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear (RP-HP) [with ≥0.1% w/w 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear] Corrosion inhibitors in lubricant additives, lubricants and grease


For the full list of SVHCs on the ECHA Candidate List see:


Find out if your products contain SVHCs

If your company retails, manufactures, distributes or imports products in the European Union, you need to know whether your products contain any SVHCs. Contact BLC today to discuss testing your products for SVHCs, REACH testing and MRSL testing on +44 (0)1604 679 999 or email


Update Your MRSLs and RSLs

Often, the SVHCs listed will be on a Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL), which is used as a checklist to ensure that no SVHCs have been used in the manufacturing process. Companies with MRSLs and Restricted Substance Lists (RSLs) will need to update their existing documentation to account for this change.

For support on creating, updating to testing to your MRSL or RSL, contact BLC today on +44 (0)1604 679 999 or email

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