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
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
|–||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: http://echa.europa.eu/candidate-list-table
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch the Chem-MAP video to see how this new ZDHC approved MRSL verification programme is engaging all organisations in the leather, textile and synthetic materials supply chains to drive the use of responsible chemistry in the manufacture of consumer products.
Chem-MAP is a preventative system that protects businesses, workers, consumers and the environment, and rewards businesses that engage through certification, approved status, training and technical support. Chem-MAP offers three programmes which are specifically designed for chemical companies (c-MAP Programme), manufacturers (m-MAP Programme) and brands and retailers (b-MAP Programme).