The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has launched a public consultation on member states’ initial proposals for the inclusion of 16 chemical substances on the candidate list of substances of very high concern (SVHC). Once the candidate list has been finalised, EU manufacturers, importers and suppliers of products containing substances on the list will face new duties under the REACH regulation (1907/2006/EC). These may include notifying ECHA of the presence of the substance in the product, providing new safe use information to consumers and responding promptly to information requests from consumers about the use of the substance. Ultimately, chemicals on the candidate list may become subject to authorisation under the REACH regime, meaning that prior regulatory approval will be required before the substance can be used in product manufacture or in imported goods.

The substances on the draft candidate list are: anthracene, 4,4’-diaminodiphenylmethane, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), cyclododecane, cobalt dichloride, diarsenic pentaoxide, diarsenic trioxide, sodium dichromate, musk xylene, DEHP, Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs), bis(tributyltin)oxide, lead hydrogen arsenate, triethyl arsenate and benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP). The consultation invited stakeholders to submit scientific comments on the hazardous properties of these substances and to identify possible substitutes by 14 August. After considering the results of the consultation, ECHA plans to publish the full candidate list by the end of October.