The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added six new substances of very high concern (SVHC) to the candidate list of chemicals subject to authorization under the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical (REACH) substances regulation. They are: cadmium; cadmium oxide; ammonium pentadecafluorooctanoate; pentadecafluorooctanoic acid; dipentyl phthalate; and 4-nonylphenol, branched and linear, ethoxylated. The action followed ECHA’s review of comments received during public consultation and documentation substantiating the substances’ hazards in accordance with Article 57 of REACH. In some cases, ECHA noted, the substances were identified based on more than one SVHC property.

The Candidate List currently contains 144 substances and, as outlined by REACH, “a specific procedure will be followed to decide when [they] should be included in the list of substances subject to Authorization (Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation). See ECHA News Release, June 20, 2013.