ECHA Adds Six New Substances to SVHCs Candidate List

June 20, 2013

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) unanimously agreed to include . The Candidate List currently contains over 140 substances.

The Member State Committee's (MSC) decision follows heavy scrutiny in regards to comments made on the committee's public consultation and documentation which substantiated chemical hazards, as outlined by Article 57 of REACH.

The MSC have concluded that four phenolic benzotriatzole substances (for example UV-350, UV-327, UV-328 and UV-320) - previously identified as SVHCs based on their being very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) or persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) - will be open for expert discussion in order to determine their level of environmental persistence before any conclusion can be made. This additional discussion period is further needed due to the read-across and weight-of-evidence approach that had been applied. As a result, these UV-substances will not be added to the Candidate List.

As of June 20, 2013, any producers or importers of articles containing the newly added six substances will have six months to notify ECHA, if both the following two conditions apply: 1) the substance is found in quantities of over one tonne per producer or importer per year; and 2) the substance is found in articles with a concentration of 0.1% weight-by-weight. Exemptions are made from the notification obligation if the substance had been previously registered, or if exposure can be excluded.

ECHA has made available on their website a manual with instructions on how to create and submit notifications.

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