On 16th January 2020, ECHA added four new substances of very high concern (SVHC) to its candidate list, making it 205 entries in total.
The first addition, diisohexyl phthalate, is a substance that has not been registered in the EU but that might be used outside the EU, e.g. as a plasticizer.
Two other additions, 2-benzyl-2-dimethylamino-4'-morpholinobutyrophenone and 2-methyl-1-(4-methylthiophenyl)-2-morpholinopropan-1-one, are both used in the production of polymers, especially such based on acrylates and methacrylates, and in printing inks.
The fourth new substance on the list is actually a group of substances: perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) and its salts are used in plastic production but also as a flame retardant.
For producers and importers of articles, as well as for formulators of mixtures, several obligations result from the inclusion of a substance in the Candidate List. These obligations may include communication obligations down the supply chain towards customers and consumers, or even the need to notify to ECHA within 6 months. In addition, from January 2021 on, new obligations connected to the “SCIP database” will apply. For more information have a look here.
Companies are highly recommended to check there portfolio for these substances to ensure that their products are still compliant with REACH.