Following MSC agreement, seven SVHCs have been added to ECHA’s Candidate List for authorisation:

·         benz[a]anthracene (BaA) due to its carcinogenicity, its persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) properties and its very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) properties

·         cadmium carbonate, hydroxide and nitrate due to their carcinogenicity, mutagenicity and potential to cause specific target organ toxicity after repeated exposure (STOT-RE)

·         chrysene due to its carcinogenic, PBT and vPvB nature

·         1,6,7,8,9,14,15,16,17,17,18,18-dodecachloropentacyclo[,9.02,13.05,10]octadeca-7,15-diene (“Dechlorane Plus”) due to its vPvB properties

·         reaction products of 1,3,4-thiadiazolidine-2,5-dithione, formaldehyde and 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear [with ≥0.1% w/w 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear] due to their potential to cause endocrine disruption in the environment

A decision will be made later as to whether these chemicals will be subject to authorisation. ECHA reminds companies that they may have resultant legal obligations.

The entry for bisphenol A (BPA) was updated to reflect its endocrine disrupting properties causing adverse effects to the environment, as an additional reason for inclusion on the Candidate List.

European Chemicals Agency (2018). Candidate List of substances of very high concern for authorisation (together with relevant background documents and MSC opinions) available at  

See also: ECHA/PR/18/01.


The above items were taken from the January-February 2018 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra.

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