REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) is a European regulation. It addresses the production and use of chemical substances, and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment. The regulation also established the European Chemical Agency (ECHA), which manages the technical, scientific and administrative aspects of REACH.

REACH describes substances of very high concern (SVHC). Producers, importers or suppliers of products that contain SVHC-listed substances are obliged to notify ECHA when:

  • working in Europe, 
  • and the total quantity used is more than one tone per year,
  • and/or the SVHC is present at more than 0.1% of the mass of one produced object.

ECHA has included 6 new substances to the SVHC list for authorization, extending it to a total of 197 substances. Four of the substances, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, were added to the SVHC list with the involvement of the Member State Committee (MSC) after public consultation. More information about the substances and reasons for their inclusion on the SVHC list are informed below. 

Following substances were added to the SVHC list:

Pyrene

Reason for inclusion: Substance is toxic, very persistent and very bioaccumulative in accordance with the criteria set out in Annex XIII.

CAS No.: 129-00-0; 1218-52-1

Phenanthrene

Reason for inclusion: Substance is very persistent and very bioaccumulative in accordance with the citeria set out in Annex XIII.

 

CAS No.: 85-01-08

3-Benzylidenecamphor

Reason for inclusion: Substance is toxic for reproduction (article 57c).

CAS No.: 15087-24-8

2,2-bis(4'-hydroxyphenyl)-4-methylpentane

Reason for inclusion: Substance is carcinogenic (article 57a), toxic (article 57d), very persistent and very bioaccumulative (article 57e).

CAS No.: 6807-17-6

Benzo[k]fluoranthene

Reason for inclusion: Substance is carcinogenic (article 57a), toxic (article 57d), very persistent and very bioaccumulative (article 57e).

CAS No.: 207-08-9

Fluoranthene

Reason for inclusion: substance is toxic, very persistent and very bioaccumuative in accordance with the citeria set out in Annex XIII.

 

CAS No.: 206-44-0 ; 93951-690

Once a substance is put on the candidate list, producers, importers or suppliers may have to consider legal obligations, described in detail here.

What Do you think?

Should the classification be approved or not? What is your opinion? Leave a comment below and let us know. 

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