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On 15th January 2018, seven new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) were added to the Candidate List bringing the total to 181 substances.

The legal obligations that companies may have resulting from the inclusion of substances in the Candidate List may apply to the listed substances on their own, in mixtures or in articles. Producers and importers of articles (containing any of the four substances included in the Candidate List on 15th January 2018) have six months to notify ECHA if the SVHC is present in articles in amounts that total more than one tonne per producer or importer per year and above a concentration of 0.1% weight by weight. There are exemptions from the notification obligation if the substance is already registered for the use or when exposure can be excluded.

Substances added to the Candidate List on 15.01.2018:

SVHC Name CAS Identified Uses
Benz[a]anthracene 56-55-3; 1718-53-2 Part of PAH family; – Rubber/Plastic Components

– Footwear Outsoles

– Lacquers and Coatings

– Recycled Materials

– Carbon Black Pigments/Dyestuffs

– Extender Oils/Softeners

– Lubricants

– Printing Pastes


Chrysene 218-01-9; 1719-03-5
Cadmium carbonate 513-78-0 pH regulator, Use in water treatment products, laboratory chemicals, cosmetics and personal care products, Manufacture of plastics for food packaging and storage, toys, mobile phones and coatings for cable, Additive for glass






Cadmium Hydroxide 21041-95-2 Use in laboratory chemicals, Manufacture of electrical, electronic and optical equipment. Manufacture of flooring, furniture, toys, construction materials, curtains, footwear, leather products, paper and cardboard products



Cadmium Nitrate 10022-68-1; 10325-94-7 Use in laboratory chemicals, Manufacture of glass, porcelain and ceramic products



Dodecachloropentacyclo[,9.02,13.05,10] octadeca-7,15-diene
Non-plasticizing flame retardant for plastics, electronic wiring and cables, automobiles, hard plasticconnectors and plastic roofing material, Use in adhesives and sealants, Use in binding agents
Reaction products of 1,3,4-thiadiazolidine-2, 5-dithione, formaldehyde and 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear (RP-HP) [with ≥0.1% w/w 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear] Corrosion inhibitors in lubricant additives, lubricants and grease




For the full list of SVHCs see:


SVHC Risk Matrix: Available to BLC Members

This matrix guides you through the current SVHC’s, detailing their uses, applications and the risk (high/medium or low) of these substances being present in a number of different material categories. Contact us today to get your copy!


The addition of these substances undoubtedly adds pressure to suppliers, manufacturers and all those involved within the supply chain. BLC are here to help! We can offer full REACH screening for SVHCs as well as supply chain support and guidance on REACH regulations. Please do not hesitate to contact us at or call call +44 (0) 1604 679999.

Seven New SVHCs Added to the Candidate List
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