Which substance has been added to the Candidate List?
On request of the European Commission, a Member State or the ECHA may propose the classification of a substance as substance of very high concern (SVHC). If such classification occurs, the aforementioned substance will be added to the candidate list for its eventual inclusion in Annex XIV. The inclusion of a substance in the candidate list generates legal obligations for companies producing, importing or using such substance as is, in preparations, or in items.
On July 7th 2017, the substance Perfluorohexane-1-sulfonic acid (PFHxS) and its salts were added to the Candidate List, since they have been identified as vPvB (article 57e). This substance belongs to the group of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), in which also PFOA, recently subjected to restriction, is included.
Which substances have been modified?
Bisphenol A and a series of phthalates were identified as endocrine disruptors (article 57f). This feature is now added to the pre-existing ones that accounted for the inclusion of the aforementioned substances in the Candidate List.
In the following, the list of the substances subjected to modification:
- 4,4’-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A; BPA) (EC: 201-245-8, CAS: 80-05-7)
- Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) (EC: 201-622-7; CAS: 85-68-7)
- Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) (EC: 204-211-0; CAS: 117-81-7)
- Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) (EC: 201-557-4; CAS: 84-74-2)
- Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) (EC: 201-553-2; CAS: 84-69-5)
Moreover, we would like to inform you that the terminology used in the Candidate List has been partially modified in order to make more clear and transparent the reasons of the inclusion of substances. In particular, the term “equivalent level of concern” was deleted in favor of more specific terminologies.
For more information regarding the SVHC substances and the complete Candidate List, visit the following ECHA links