REACH Adds 8 New Chemicals to SVHC List

After unanimous agreement, ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency, has added eight chemical substances to the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) for Authorization.  This brings the total number of substances of very highly concern under REACH regulation to 46.

The eight additional Substances of Very High Concern or SVHCs are:

•    Cobalt (II) sulphate
•    Cobalt (II) dinitrate
•    Cobalt (II) carbonate
•    Cobalt (II) diacetate
•    2-Methoxyethanol
•    2-Ethoxyethanol
•    Chromium trioxide
•    Chromic acid, dichromic acid, chromium trioxide, and oligomers of chromic acid and dichromic acid

The eight substances are identified as carcinogenic, mutagenic, and/or reprotoxic in accordance with REACH Articles 57 (a), (b), and (c).

ECHA’s website lists the legal obligations that may apply to companies that manufacture, import, or use these substances on the SVHC list, whether used alone or in mixtures and articles.

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Kal Kawar, CIH, PE, has a bachelor's in chemical engineering and a master's in industrial hygiene. His professional experience includes serving as staff industrial hygienist for IBM's New York semiconductor manufacturing facility, and as industrial hygienist for IBM’s US headquarters. Now executive vice president of Actio, Kal taps more than 20 years' worth of chemical engineering, industrial hygiene, and environmental engineering experience. His far-reaching expertise with global regulatory challenges created by EPA, TSCA, REACH, RoHS, WEEE – and hundreds of others – aid in developing Actio software solutions for MSDS management, raw material disclosure compliance, and product stewardship in a supply chain.