Two New Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) added to ECHA Candidate List

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has announced its intention to add Trimellitic Anhydride (TMA) and dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP) as new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List in June/July 2018. In addition to the confirmed two chemicals there are another eight potential SVHC’s.

If you manufacture or import articles into the European Union, then you need to be aware that the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has announced its intention to add two new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List bringing the total to 183 substances.


Confirmed New SVHC’s

Substances that are confirmed to be added in June/July 2018 are:

SVHC Name CAS Identified Uses
benzene-1,2,4-tricarboxylic acid 1,2 anhydride (trimellitic anhydride) (TMA) 552-30-7 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 Plasticiser for a variety of polymers including nitrocellulose, PVA and PVC

Used in paper finishes and to make printer ink water resistant


Potential Additional SVHC’s

In addition to the two chemicals named above, ECHA has published another eight potential SVHCs to be announced in late June/early July 2018 which would increase the Candidate List further:

SVHC Name CAS Identified Uses
Benzo[ghi]perylene 191-24-2 Not produced intentionally but occurs as a constituent or impurity in coal and petroleum stream substances
Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) 556-67-2 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 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 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 As additive in plastic applications

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

Ethylenediamine 107-15-3 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 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 In micronutrient fertilizers and in refractory mixtures

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


Your Business’ Obligations

Once the candidate list has been updated, producers, suppliers, importers and retailers in the European Union must provide business clients with information on the presence and safe use of any article containing SVHC that exceeds 0.1% (1000 ppm) and consumers upon request.  In case the total amount of an SVHC exceeds 1 tonne per year for all products, this SVHC also must be notified to ECHA.


BLC Are Here to Help!

The addition of these substances undoubtedly adds pressure to suppliers, manufacturers and all those involved within the supply chain.

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 BLC Leather Tech website). BLC will update this document when ECHA have announced that these changes have come into effect.

BLC Members are entitled to access the BLC REACH SVHC Risk Matrix for research and reporting purposes as part of their BLC membership benefits on the BLC Leather Tech website.


What is the BLC REACH SVHC Risk Matrix?

The BLC REACH SVHC Risk Matrix is a PDF document which lists all Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs). In addition to the full name of each SVHC, the document also provides information on:

  • The CAS Number
  • Additional information about how certain SVHCs may be used in production
  • Potential low, medium or high-risk material of each SVHC being present in different material categories

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.

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


Access Legislation and Compliance Support

BLC supports brands, retailers, suppliers and manufacturers with international legislation and compliance issues for leather, textiles and synthetic materials. BLC Members can gain access to advanced technical support through the Technical Concierge service as part of their BLC membership on the BLC Leather Tech website.


If your business requires support with SVHCs, product testing, REACH compliance or compliance with international regulations, you can reach BLC Chemical Testing experts by emailing, telephoning +44 (0) 1604 679 999 or by completing the website contact form at the bottom of this web page.

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