Today 8 July 2021, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced 8 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the REACH Candidate list.

Some of the newly added substances are used in consumer products, such as cosmetics, scented articles, rubber and textiles. Others are used, for example, as solvents, flame retardants or in the manufacture of plastics products. Most of them were added to the Candidate List due to their hazards to people, being toxic for reproduction, carcinogenic, respiratory sensitisers or endocrine disruptors.  

Companies must follow their legal obligations and ensure the safe use of these chemicals. They also have to notify ECHA under the Waste Framework Directive if their products contain substances of very high concern. This notification is submitted to ECHA’s SCIP database and the information will later be published on the Agency’s website.

The new list can be downloaded in pdf form below.