News from ECHA: Candidate list update

Candidate list update: Four new hazardous chemicals to be phased out

On 25 June ECHA communicated that they have added 4 mor substances to the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concerns (SVHCs) to be phased out: 3 that are toxic to reproduction and used in polymers, coating and plastics, respectively. The fourth substance was listed for endocrine disruption and is used in cosmetics and other consumer products.

Companies may have legal obligations when their substance is included in the Candidate List - either on its own, in mixtures or in articles. Any supplier of articles containing a Candidate List substance above a concentration of 0.1 % weight by weight has to give sufficient information to their customers and consumers to allow safe use.As of January 2021, companies will also need to notify ECHA’s SCIP database if their articles contain Candidate List substances. Importers and producers of articles containing a Candidate List substance also have six months from the date of its inclusion in the list (25 June 2020) to notify ECHA.

More information on these obligations and related tools are available on ECHA’s website.