On 27 June 2024, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added one new chemical to the candidate list of substances of very high concern (SVHC), becoming the 31th SVHC substances. The Candidate List of SVHC now contains 241 entries for chemicals.

Entries added to the Candidate List on 27 June 2024 and their properties:

Substance NameEC No.CAS No.Reason for ProposingUse
Bis (α,α-dimethylbenzyl) peroxide201-279-380-43-3Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)Natural rubber, synthetic rubber, vulcanizing agent for polyethylene resin, crosslinking agent, flame retardant

Another substance triphenyl phosphate (CAS: 115-86-6) released by ECHA in March 2024, has not been added to the SVHC candidate list and is still under consultation.

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 (2008/98/EC), beginning in January 2021, 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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