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According to the REACH regulation the suppliers of articles must inform their customers about their existence presence of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) in the articles they supply. ECHA has published the first candidate list and it contains 15 Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) that may become subject to authorization under REACH.
The requirements apply to manufacturers, importers and suppliers of articles and packages of e.g. toys, electrical and electronic equipment, textiles and tools, as well as subcontractors and manufacturers of components and the like.
When a substance from the candidate list is present in an article above a concentration of 0.1% (w/w), suppliers have the duty to inform the recipients of the articles automatically and immediately and consumers on requests, free of charge, within 45 days. Suppliers must provide the information necessary to ensure safe use of the article. The obligation is effective from the date of inclusion of a substance in the candidate list.
The candidate list will contain, on the publication day, the following substances:
Substance Namedentification asCAS number              EC number            Anthracene120-12-7204-371-14,4'-Diaminodiphenylmethane 101-77-9202-974-4Dibutyl phthalate84-74-2201-557-4Cobalt dichloride7646-79-9231-589-4Diarsenic pentaoxide1303-28-2215-116-9Diarsenic trioxide1327-53-3215-481-4Sodium dichromate7789-12-0
10588-01-9234-190-35-tert-butyl-2,4,6-trinitro-m-xylene (musk xylene)81-15-2201-329-4Bis (2-ethyl(hexyl)phthalate) (DEHP)117-81-7204-211-0Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) and all major
diastereoisomers identified (α – HBCDD, β-HBCDD, γ-HBCDD)25637-99-4 and
134237-52-8)247-148-4 and
221-695-9Alkanes, C10-13, chloro (Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffins)85535-84-8287-476-5Bis(tributyltin)oxide56-35-9200-268-0Lead hydrogen arsenate 7784-40-9232-064-2Benzyl butyl phthalate 85-68-7201-622-7Triethyl arsenate 15606-95-8427-700-2 Table: CAS number = Chemical Abstracts Service number.
EC number – European Union registry number. CAS and EC numbers are used to identify substances.
This candidate list will be updated on a regular basis. Inclusion of a substance in the candidate list for authorisation is the first step towards phase-out and companies may consider substitution in a medium to long-term.
Deadline of pre-registration December 1st, 2008
SGS Finland also wishes to remind you that the pre-registration deadline is December 1st, 2008 and that pre-registration is a condition to continue the import or manufacture of phase-in substances in annual quantities of 1 tonne or more per company, unless the REACH regulation indicates otherwise.
SGS testing, analyses and training services help companies to fulfill the obligations set by the REACH regulation.
Additional information Adeline Maijala, Senior Specialist, REACH services
Phone: +358 9 6963 641
Mobile:  +358 50 570 5969
EmailContact information: SGS Fimko Oy
Address: P.O.Box 30, FI-00211 Helsinki, Finland
Phone +358 09 696 361
Fax. +358 9 6925 474
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