Helsinki, 23 January 2024 – The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added five new chemicals to the candidate list of substances of very high concern (SVHC), becoming the 30th SVHC substances. The Candidate List of SVHC now contains 240 entries for chemicals. ECHA has also updated the existing entry for dibutyl phthalate that was added to the Candidate List of SVHC in October 2008 to include its endocrine disrupting properties for the environment.

Entries added to the Candidate List on 23 January 2024 and their properties:

NoSubstances NameEC No.CAS No.Reason for ProposingUse
12,4,6-tri-tert-butylphenol (2,4,6-TTBP)211-989-5732-26-3Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c) Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) (Article 57d)Manufacture of another substance; formulation of mixtures and in fuel products
22-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenol  (UV-329)221-573-53147-75-9Very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) (Article 57e)Air care products, coating products, adhesives and sealants, lubricants and greases, polishes and waxes and washing and cleaning products.
32-(dimethylamino)-2-[(4-methylphenyl)methyl]-1-[4-(morpholin-4-yl)phenyl]butan-1-one438-340-0119344-86-4Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)Inks and toners, coating products.
4Bumetrizole  (UV-326)223-445-43896-11-5Very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) (Article 57e)Coating products, adhesives and sealants and washing and cleaning products.
5Oligomerisation and alkylation reaction products of 2-phenylpropene and phenol700-960-7Very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) (Article 57e)Adhesives and sealants, coating products, fillers, putties, plasters, modelling clay, inks and toners and polymers.

Dibutyl phthalate (updated entry)

Substances NameEC No.CAS No.New Add PropertiesUse
Dibutyl phthalate201-557-484-74-2Endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) – environment)Metal working fluids, washing and cleaning products, laboratory chemicals and polymers.

Under REACH, companies have legal obligations when their substance is included – either on its own, in mixtures or in articles – in the Candidate List.

If an article contains a Candidate List substance above a concentration of 0.1 % (weight by weight), suppliers have to give their customers and consumers information on how to use it safely. Consumers have the right to ask suppliers if the products they buy contain substances of very high concern. Importers and producers of articles have to notify ECHA if their article contains a Candidate List substance within six months from the date it has been included in the list (23 January 2024).

Under the Waste Framework Directive, companies also have to notify ECHA if the articles they produce contain substances of very high concern in a concentration above 0.1 % (weight by weight). This notification is published in ECHA’s database of substances of concern in products (SCIP).

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